Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Blown Away (1994)

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Writers: John Rice, Joe Batteer, Jay Roach

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Suzy Amis, Lloyd Bridges, Forest Whitaker, stephi Lineburg, John Finn, Caitlin Clarke, Chrisopher de Oni, Loyd Catlett, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The fuse has been lit...

Plot: An Irish bomber escapes from prison and targets a member of the Boston bomb squad.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Oh for crying out loud.  Why would Gaerity (Jones) go to such lengths with building such elaborate, Rube Goldberg-esque bombs just to kill someone?  By the end of the film the bombs got so outlandish that I actually laughed which is more of a response the rest of the film got from me.  There's so much to this picture that's over the top and, dare I say, blown way out of proportion like the aforementioned over the top bombs, the sometimes over the top action, music, direction et al.  The drama is amped up so much that it's like pouring gasoline on a fire.  The ONE thing that I really enjoyed was being toyed with when the mom and daughter are making dinner in the kitchen.  That scene was nicely handled but then you get moments with Max (Bridges) and the bomb and Anthony's (Whitaker) entrance that had me question if these things were lifted from a cartoon.  I'm not exaggerating here.  Ugh. 

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