Tense mysterie thriller
J. C Sallows | Madison, WI USA | 06/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I like Ray Liotta. When we first saw him in Goodfellas, he was riveting. That sadistic laugh creeped under my skin. He was also excellent in Copland, No Escape and Phoenix. His latest flick starts off kind of artsy-fartsy during the opening credits, but then immediately pulls you in as we follow Ray as he tries to regain his memory. He has flashes of violent images and other clues that lead to the discovery of his recent past. This is just a fun concept as we know no more or less than the main character. By the end it kind of gets to be a predictable gun movie, but the first 1/2 to 2/3 are great."
Decent Guy Flick
flickjunkie | 07/19/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For a low budget cable B movie, this was actually pretty decent. Jack (Ray Liotta) wakes up in the desert with a bump on his head and total amnesia. Vicky (Gloria Reuben) gives him a ride and helps starts him on his way to trying to find out who he is. Of course, while he is trying to piece it all together, some very nasty characters are trying to kill him.The story is intriguing and handled well. It is somewhat predictable, but there are a few interesting plot twists, a good deal of violence, and plenty of car chases and action sequences. The ending was rather unfulfilling but not terrible.The film was written and directed by Harley Cokliss, whose prior experience includes mostly TV credits. Cokliss' direction was straightforward and unremarkable, much like the desert he was shooting. The acting of the three leads was good, particularly Liotta, who has some excellent performances on his resume (Copland, Goodfellas). He has a knack for making the bad guy seem likeable, and that was the case again here. Gloria Reuben also gave a good performance as Vicky, though it was a pretty minor role. Armin Mueller-Stahl is always strong in supporting roles and he was particularly good here as the heavy.I rated this film a 6/10. Good acting, engaging story and adequate direction. Add one or two points if you like guy flicks."
Well Made & Effective Thriller.
Gus Mauro | Brandon,mb | 03/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ray Liotta the master of versatile acting is excellent in this film that he is practally in every scene of this film thus delveloping his character very well to the viewer. Liotta plays a career crimminal who wakes up in the desert with total amesia after falling out of a moving car down a steep and rough hill. He soon then encounters Vicky, a sexy waitress, who helps jack on his journey to finding out who he is, along the way trying to stay alive from his gang of murderous thieves after an ambush from the FBI follwing an armoured car heist. Preditcable storyline but delvered with great acting, especally form Armin Muller Stahl who seems to really enjoy playing the villian. Engaging storyline and evolving characters make INFERNO a great film to watch."
Nice Liotta Flick
DerWeg | 11/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We wake up in a desert. It feels hot, itchy and a bit dreamy, and who the hell am I anyway? From here our protagonist stumbles fortuitously into scrapes and close-calls with dangerous people who all want something from him now, or else - if only he could remember what.
Jack (no fixed last name) reflexively outwits his dangers and forestalls any consequences, while piecing together fragments of his former life - with an acute new perspective on it. It's a good hypothesis - what if a man could all of a sudden see his life objectively, and how would he react?
The film, shot in Mexico, has a great hot and sticky look (a la Traffic), and Armin Mueller-Stahl is a bonus as the oddly-named "MacCaulay" (sounding more East German than Scot.) Other players mainly support Jack's movement in the story, and it feels that way sometimes."