Tag Archives: Ed Harris

The Rock

ALCATRAZ. ONLY ONE MAN HAS EVER BROKEN OUT. NOW FIVE MILLION LIVES DEPEND ON TWO MEN BREAKING IN.  When a group of rogue Marines threatens to attack San Francisco from Alcatraz with chemical weapons, the FBI puts the only man who ever broke out of the prison and survived in charge of a Navy SEAL … Continue reading The Rock

The Truman Show: Before Big Brother

ON THE AIR. UNAWARE. There’s an episode of Twilight Zone, the 1980s revival, called ”Special Service” that aired in 1989. Written by J. Michael Straczynski who later created the sci-fi classic Babylon 5, the episode tells the story of a man who discovers that his whole life is a reality show on TV; even his … Continue reading The Truman Show: Before Big Brother

Absolute Power

CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY.  During a burglary, veteran Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood) becomes an accidental witness to the U.S. President (Gene Hackman) trying to seduce a younger woman, which ends in her death. One of the author’s most sensational thrillers becomes a fairly intriguing movie in Eastwood’s hands, primarily a chance for himself to deliver a charming … Continue reading Absolute Power

Man on a Ledge

YOU CAN ONLY PUSH AN INNOCENT MAN SO FAR.  In New York City, police negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) is called to a hotel where a man (Sam Worthington) is standing on a ledge threatening to jump… but there’s more to the situation. This thriller wasn’t very well received, but maintains its tension throughout, cutting … Continue reading Man on a Ledge

The Way Back

THEIR ESCAPE WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.  During World War II, a group of Gulag prisoners escape from the camp, but soon learn that the wilderness is the biggest obstacle to freedom. After Master and Commander (2003), director Peter Weir made another historical epic where a group of men face challenges in harsh locations. This story … Continue reading The Way Back

Snowpiercer

FIGHT YOUR WAY TO THE FRONT.  After a catastrophic event resulting in a new ice age, mankind’s only survivors are packed onboard a huge train traveling a worldwide track; one day, the poor in the back mount another attempt at revolt… The Korean director’s English-language debut has a premise that won’t stand up to scrutiny, … Continue reading Snowpiercer

Run All Night

NO SIN GOES UNPUNISHED.  When Mike Conlon (Joel Kinnaman) accidentally witnesses a mob hit, he’s forced to rely on his estranged father (Liam Neeson), a former killer who used to work for the man (Ed Harris) who’s now chasing them. The third collaboration between Neeson and the director is another exciting thriller, this time set … Continue reading Run All Night

The Firm

POWER CAN BE MURDER TO RESIST.   Brilliant Harvard law student Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) is recruited by a Memphis firm that is very generous to him and his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn)… but they have much to hide. The first adaptation of a John Grisham novel had perfect roles for two major stars; Cruise and … Continue reading The Firm

Pain & Gain

THEIR AMERICAN DREAM IS BIGGER THAN YOURS. In 1995, ex-con and personal trainer Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) talks two other bodybuilders (Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) into helping him kidnap and extort a wealthy gym member. Michael Bay’s stab at a “simpler” film between his Transformers epics was based on a series of newspaper articles by … Continue reading Pain & Gain

Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.   When producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard decided to turn the story about the ill-fated 1972 Apollo 13 mission into a movie, they found a lot of support from NASA. The space agency, likely eager to exploit the goodwill surrounding the rescue of the mission’s three astronauts, even … Continue reading Apollo 13: Lost Moon, Saved Lives

Coma

IMAGINE YOUR LIFE HANGS BY A THREAD. IMAGINE YOUR BODY HANGS BY A WIRE. IMAGINE YOU’RE NOT IMAGINING. After losing her best friend who died after what was supposed to be minor surgery at a Boston hospital, doctor Susan Wheeler (Genevieve Bujold) discovers that she’s not the only case. A sense of credibility is confidently … Continue reading Coma