|Final Voyage 1999 R, 95 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Jim Wynorski
Cast: Dylan Walsh, Ice-T, Erika Eleniak, Claudia Christian, Rick Ducommun, Heidi Schanz, John Koyama, Jonathan Fuller, Stephen Macht, Chick Vennera, Michael Bailey Smith, Thom Adcox-Hernandez, Beau Billingslea, Scott L. Schwartz, Terry Moore
A gang of robbers board an ocean liner setting sail in the South Pacific. Their plan is to help themselves to the jewels and cash of numerous celebrities on the cruise.
|The Truman Show 1998 PG, 104 min.|
Genre: Drama / Sci-Fi
Director: Peter Weir
Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris, Brian Delate, Una Damon, Paul Giamatti, Philip Baker Hall, Blair Slater, Peter Krause, Heidi Schanz, Ron Taylor, Don Taylor
Insurance salesman Truman Burbank's (Jim Carrey) entire life has been documented as well as broadcast nationally on a 24-hour basis. All the people around Truman are actors, and Truman lives and works in a huge studio. Despite his made-up world, Truman thinks he is an ordinary man–until he decides to experience life in the outside world. Academy Award nominations included Best Director and Supporting Actor (Ed Harris). 1 User Review
|A good movie that doesn't quite gel||1fatts 03/31/2007 |
| The elements are all here, and it is a professonal job. Weir directs; Ed Harris was up for an oscar; a solid performance from Laura Linney and Jim Carrey plays confused without going over the top.|
And the script is everyone's paranoid fantasy brought to life.
It is enertaining, amusing, more-or-less satisfying, and has a couple of nice scenes taking advantage of good production values.
Then why isn't it better than this? Why isn't this allegory of the central question in so many lives -- isn't there more to me than this? -- more moving? more challenging? more significant?
I think the director sets the mark rather lower than he might have. Carrey is fine, but not better than fine. There are levels of shading that the actor doesn't bring and the director doesn't seek. Ed Harris' final confrontation with Truman, which should be man facing his creator, falls flat because Carrey isn't man enough and Harris' creator isn't high enough.
Still, a good film and well worth a few hours of your time. But one of those films where you wonder what someone else who was willing to take a few more chances could have made of this.
|Underworld 1996 R, 95 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Thriller
Director: Roger Christian
Cast: Denis Leary, Joe Mantegna, Annabella Sciorra, Larry Bishop, Abe Vigoda, Robert Costanzo, Traci Lords, Jimmie F. Skaggs, James Tolkan, Heidi Schanz, Cristi Conaway, Angela Jones, Amy Moon, Marc Baur, Michael David Simms
In his effort to find out who made an assassination attempt on his father's life seven years before, ex-con Johnny (Denis Leary) abducts mob boss Frank Gavilan (Joe Mantegna). Johnny suspects that Frank might be behind the assassination attempt and uses the psychotherapy degree he earned in prison as the means of uncovering the assassin. He even takes Frank to sex therapist Dr. Diane Leah (Annabella Sciorra) as one of the steps in learning who attacked his father.
|Universal Soldier: The Return 1999 R, 85 min.|
Genre: Action / Sci-Fi
Director: Mic Rodgers
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Heidi Schanz, Xander Berkeley, Justin Lazard, Kiana Tom, Daniel von Bargen, James Black, Karis Paige Bryant, Bill Goldberg, Brent Anderson, Brent Hinkley, Woody Watson, Jacqueline Klein, Maria Arita
The Universal Soldiers–deceased Vietnam combat troops that have been resurrected into cyberwarriors–rise in rebellion when the military's supercomputer, SETH (Michael Jai White), that controls the soldiers goes haywire upon news of a projected downsizing of the troops. To the rescue comes Luc Devereaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a former Universal Soldier and the only one capable of battling the rebels.
|Virtuosity 1995 R, 105 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Thriller
Director: Brett Leonard
Cast: Denzel Washington, Kelly Lynch, Russell Crowe, William Forsythe, Louise Fletcher, Kevin J. O'Connor, Traci Lords, Stephen Spinella, William Fichtner, Costas Mandylor, Kaley Cuoco, Christopher Murray, Heidi Schanz, Gordon Jennison Noice, Mari Morrow
Parker Barnes (Denzel Washington) was once an LA cop, but now he is in prison. Barnes is given a chance for redemption if he can track down Lindenmeyer's (Stephen Spinella) creation: Sid 6.7 (Russell Crowe), a cyberspace villain with 183 different criminal minds– including those of Hitler, John Wayne Gacy, and Charles Manson.
|1. Final Voyage (1999)|
2. The Truman Show (1998)
3. Underworld (1996)
4. Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
5. Virtuosity (1995)
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