Monday, December 30, 2013

Split Second (1992)

Director: Tony Maylam

Writer: Gary Scott Thompson

Composers: Frances Haines, Stephen W. Parsons

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair Duncan, Michael J. Pollard, Alun Armstrong, Pete Postlethwaite, Ian Dury, Roberta Eaton, Tony Steedman, Steven Hartley

More info: IMDb

Tagline: 2008. The future has never looked more dangerous.

Plot: In a futuristic London, the rising sea levels mean that large areas are under feet of water. Harry Stone is a cop who lost his partner to some strange creature. Now the creature is back and it's after him.

My rating:6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I loves me some Rutger Hauer so I was tickled to see this, a sci-fi actioner that I hadn't seen.  I liked the bleak outlook of the landscape in this futuristic dystopian world even though it takes place only 16 years into the future.  It seemed like it should have been longer.  Anyway, it was made in 1992 and Hauer had gained quite a bit of weight since BLADE RUNNER (1982) but he's still Rutger Hauer so who cares, right?  He plays Harry Stone as a tough as nails badass but he's weird and ridiculous.  He's a coffee and chocolate fiend.  We're told he's worked every hell hole on the planet but he's currently working in London.  Once you settle into the tongue and cheek of it all it becomes more fun.  By the time you get to the end Harry Stone has transformed into a likable character as opposed to being a one note badass.   It's no classic but Hauer fans will dig it, even with its odd tone.

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