Review Date: December 30, 1998
Director: Gavin Wilding
Writer: Pat Burmel and Evan Tylor
Producers: Michael Paseornek, John Dunning
John Stockwell as Victor
Mario Van Peebles as Michael
Ben Gazzara as Frank
Add to the film's success, a pretty solid cast of actors, including an against-type Andrew McCarthy, a genuine Mario Van Peebles, and a strong-as-ever Ben Gazzara, and you've got yourself a fun time with the boys. The soundtrack is also very unique and appropriate (Any film that starts off with a Tom Jones tune is allright in my book), as is its style and suitable runtime (barely grazes an hour and a half). It's quick, it's filled with tension and moral issues, and it's got singer-turned-actress Taylor Dayne stripping down to her skivvies. What else could you ask for? :) The only semi-negatives in this film were perhaps the tiny plot holes which are inevitable in a cast and breadth of scope as such, and the lack of oomph from some of its actors, but in a cast of this size, one can't expect the Oscars all around. This is a great tension-filled drama that effectively ponders over every conceivable option and moral issue that would arise within this very traumatic situation, and adds fuel to that fire, by providing a respective point of view from a varied crew of men, all carrying their own concerns, grudges and emotions over their shoulders. Watch it with your buds or your loved one, and discuss it over a beer afterwards. It's a great film.