Review Date: November 22, 1999
Director: Peter Hyams
Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe
Producers: Armyan Bernstein, Bill Borden
Did I totally hate this movie? Not at all. In fact, some of its action scenes were cool, Arnold "looked" the part and the pacing was okay, but overall, the film lacked that special oomph that one expects from an "Arnold movie", or even from an original thriller. The funniest part of this movie (And no, it wasn't Kevin Pollak's one-line quips) is the way Arnold's character discovers the identity of the girl who they are trying to locate at the beginning of the film. It has got to be one of the most ridiculously unbelievable scenes ever written into a serious thriller. "Christ in New York" is all I will say about that. Anyway, you'll see what I mean when you see the movie (On video, hopefully). Another little tidbit that ticked off both my friend and I was the fact that this film made no bones about selling itself via its hip, heavy soundtrack beforehand, but for some reason, the final result barely included one noticeable musical ditty. Slap all of that onto a weak ending, even weaker special effects and you've got yourself a disappointment waiting to happen. Now if all you Arnold fans are really high on this schtick or Gabriel Byrne is an actor whom you respect and admire, than I might suggest you see this one, if only just for the fun of it. For everyone else, skip this misfire and rent an Arnold classic like PREDATOR or TOTAL RECALL, or better yet, bite into a much better film which takes place during the last few nights before the big 2000, STRANGE DAYS.