IT’S NOT PARANOIA IF THEY’RE REALLY AFTER YOU.
Director Tony Scott’s films rarely have much substance to offer, but in this thriller he has found something that fits his grand style like a glove. It is a paranoid story with plenty of pizzazz, starring a likeable Will Smith as an attorney who is hunted for possessing a tape recording of the murder of a prominent politician. The filmmakers address the dangers of living in a “Big Brother” society but are too much in love with the technology to criticize the problem in earnest. Obviously inspired by Hitchcock, and Smith is a perfect modern-day Cary Grant. Gene Hackman’s character of course echoes The Conversation (1974).
1998-U.S. 132 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Directed by Tony Scott. Screenplay: David Marconi. Cast: Will Smith (Robert Dean), Gene Hackman (Brill), Jon Voight (Thomas Reynolds), Lisa Bonet, Regina King, Stuart Wilson… Tom Sizemore, Gabriel Byrne, Jack Black. Cameo: Jason Robards.