Review Date: September 03, 2004
Director: Paul Abascal
Writer: Forrest Smith
Producers: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety
Cole Hauser as Bo Laramie
Robin Tunney as Abby Laramie
Tom Sizemore as Rex Harper
The set-up works, the lead character, played extremely effectively by the great Cole Hauser (looking an awful lot like a young Sean Penn...nice!), is perfect as the nice-guy patsy who will eventually "break", and his ultimate meltdown, along with the kills, are fun and entertaining enough to watch. Granted, it's only been two hours since I watched the movie and I can barely remember anything from it, but that's fine...the film worked while I was there, I forgot about my problems for a buck and a half, dove into the angst provided to me by the lead celeb's own problems and I vicariously enjoyed the heck out of the ways he went about avenging what had been done wrong to him. One thing to note in the movie is the embarrassingly over-the-top performance by Tom Sizemore, whose character you can't help but correlate to the actor's own problems in real life. Dude, you used to be so good! Methinks the director should have asked him to "reign it in" a little...that was just nutty! The film's also peppered with 4 major A-list actor cameos, which despite being completely unnecessary to the plotline, were fun to have included. There's also a cute "Baldwin" joke that's ironic, seeing as an actual Baldwin (the fat one) is also in the picture. If you're looking for deep characterization, you ain't going to find it here, with horrible lines like "We are the last of the hunters" and "I will destroy his family...I will eat his soul", not necessarily bringing out thoughts of David Mamet. But if you want to watch a movie that works on the most primal level, run alongside a great lead actor who deserves to get much greater roles in bigger movies and satisfy some of your most basic urges in the arena of popcorn cinema, check this puppy out. PS: I'm naming my first-born Bo Laramie.