Review Date: July 18, 1998
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Scott Frank
Producers: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
George Clooney as Jack Foley
Jennifer Lopez as Karen Sisco
Ving Rhames as Buddy Bragg
The characters are real, or at least feel real, and the developing relationship between the two leading antagonistic characters is well-done and believable. Soderbergh's shooting style is slick, and reminiscent of some of the best '70's exploitation movies, as well as the soundtrack which comes through like the era left behind, but the sounds not forgotten. All of the stars are great in their roles, with exceptional marks to Clooney (who's finally beginning to "act") and Lopez, who comes through in sexy gangbusters! Also, both stars are extremely "easy on the eyes", with a tip of the hat to Clooney for getting in such excellent shape for this flick (my brother noted that you could bounce a quarter off his well-developed six-pack stomach). Also, Jennifer Lopez is both sexy and gorgeous. But did I mention that already?
On the down side, I did find the film to be a little too long on its running time, but that's about all that I could say on that in regards to negativity. Add to that, the superior cinematography of the film, especially during the winter shots in Detroit which were particularly well-shot, and you've got yourself a great story, told in an original manner, with two great-looking and interesting leading characters, and a plot that always keeps you guessing. Top that off with a couple of cool cameos, and a slick directorial style, and you've got yourself a nacho-munching cinematic extravaganza for the summer.