Michael DeJoy | Washingtonville, NY United States | 03/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is very good.
Heres the premise.A hit man (Matthew Modine) is sent to Hollywood to take the life of a stuntman (James Caan, Misery), but falls in love with his daughter (Joey Lauren Adams, Big Daddy) in the process, deciding to switch jobs and become a stuntman himself. Meanwhile, the daughter, who's also a doctor, is smuggling illegal medicine with the help of a "rogue" FBI agent (Cuba Gooding jr., Jerry Maguire).
It also stars Lillo Brancato Jr.(A Bronx tale)Cuba gooding Jr. does a great job as the FBI agent.This is a non stop thriller. Its rated R for Violence and Language. If you want a fast paced thriller, get this.You wont be disapointed."
Why didn't this film get noticed in the theaters?
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/31/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Now and then movies turn up on the shelves of a video store with a case that has good graphics, a cast that looks first rate and a brief description of an interesting story line. On the off chance that you just missed the ads of the theatrical release, you rent it, watch it and make a discovery. Such is the case for this fine little film. With a cast that includes James Caan (in one of his better roles!), Matthew Modine ( in an out of character part), Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Joey Lauren Adams, this is a tale of a hit man who pursues his career because he has no family and has never felt as though he belongs. Without sacrificing the considerable suspense the writer of this script provides, suffice it to say that his ultimate hit assignment results in a turnaround of his value system and offers a restored vision of what life can be like when true 'family' is discovered.
The photography is sensitive, creative, and moody. The story involves the behind the scenes information of the stunt man's lifestyle. The performances are uniformly fine. No soft pedaling here, the life of high crime is brutally presented. But the direction and acting make this realistic depiction of mob mania a credible background for the talents of those involved in telling a gripping tale. Very much worth your time."
TheHighlander | Richfield, PA United States | 08/09/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was not the best love story I've seen, not the best movie about a hit man and not the best movie about the mob. But it was a good movie. Surprisingly entertaining. Matthew Modine plays a hit man, without feeling who falls in love with the stunt man he is supposed to kill. The stunt man is marked for death because of an accident the mob holds him responsible for. But the emotionless hit man falls in love with "the marks" daughter and soon understands what he has been missing in life. This movie had some high powered stars, James Caan, Matthew Modine and Cuba Gooding Jr (who plays a federal agent acting as a drug dealer). Lots of good acting and a nice portrayal of the metamorphosis of a person. I had never heard of this movie and took a chance based on the cover and the local rental store, a nice find I must say. Not a lot of twists and turns but some action and it was enjoyable and interesting."
"Show me the money!"
Amaranth | Northern California | 07/21/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Cuba Gooding Jr&James Caan give the only good performances in this movie,though they look like they're in agony on account of the awful screenplay.
Strangely,I've sat through this movie TWICE.It's so bad it's engrossing.
Matthew Modine,who was once a rising star in the '90s,is now on this straight-to-video dud.He plays a hitman trying to reform his life--and it's as melodramatic&unconvincing as church musicals about people giving their lives to God.
The gangsters are campy enough to have John Waters as their padrone.The premise-a stuntman?-whose death must be avenged is ridiculous,as is the unconvincing romance between Modine&his squeaky-voiced ladylove (she sounds like Disney's Snow White)The ending is ENDLESSLY drawn out,so like the hero you want to cry out,"Just shoot me!""