Tag Archives: Tony Scott

Crimson Tide

DANGER RUNS DEEP. Just as the U.S. and Russia are facing the threat of nuclear war, the submarine USS Alabama heads out on a mission with a seasoned commander (Gene Hackman) and a fresh executive officer (Denzel Washington). The most macho submarine thriller you can imagine naturally comes from the director and producer of Top … Continue reading Crimson Tide

Top Gun

UP THERE WITH THE BEST OF THE BEST.  Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) attends the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, but his reckless performance as a fighter pilot and his romance with one of the instructors (Kelly McGillis) could ground him forever… One of the most popular blockbusters of the 1980s is impressively staged with golden-hued … Continue reading Top Gun


1 MILLION TONS OF STEEL. 100,000 LIVES AT STAKE. 100 MINUTES TO IMPACT.  When an unmanned freight train speeds off at full power, an engineer and a conductor (Denzel Washington, Chris Pine) on a different locomotive try to stop it. Another Tony Scott action thriller starring Washington, their best since Crimson Tide (1995). This one was based on … Continue reading Unstoppable

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

When Ryder (John Travolta) and his gang hijack a New York subway train and demand a ransom for their hostage, they don’t realize that the dispatcher on duty (Denzel Washington) will prove to be a challenge. Another Tony Scott/Washington collaboration that is also a remake of a 1974 thriller. As always a solid performance from Washington … Continue reading The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

Beverly Hills Cop II

Axel Foley is back. Back where he doesn’t belong. Upon learning that a friend (Ronny Cox) of his has been shot, Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) goes to Beverly Hills once again to find the culprits, who happen to be professional robbers. One of the most amusing ingredients of the first film was the tension … Continue reading Beverly Hills Cop II

Man on Fire

A PROMISE TO PROTECT. A VOW TO AVENGE.  John Creasy (Denzel Washington), an alcoholic former CIA assassin, is hired as a bodyguard to a 9-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) in Mexico City at a time when kidnappings are rampant. This remake of a 1987 Scott Glenn movie is bombastic to a near-ridiculous level; much too long and full of … Continue reading Man on Fire

Spy Game

IT’S NOT HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME. IT’S HOW THE GAME PLAYS YOU. Upon learning that his former partner (Brad Pitt) has been caught by the Chinese, veteran CIA operative Nathan Muir (Robert Redford) does his best to help him. Another contrived action thriller of the kind we’ve sometimes come to expect from director Tony … Continue reading Spy Game

Enemy of the State

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 … Continue reading Enemy of the State

The Fan

Fear strikes. Knife salesman Gil Renard (Robert De Niro) is denied the right to visit his son, and the frustrations in his life turn his vicious attention to ace baseball player Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes). A stalker thriller that tries to be more than just that, but fails miserably. De Niro knows how to intimidate audiences, … Continue reading The Fan