Wednesday, January 13, 2016

No Way Back (1995)

Director: Frank A. Cappello

Writer: Frank A. Cappello

Composer: David C. Williams

Starring: Russell Crowe, Helen Slater, Etushi Toyokawa, Michael Lerner, Kyusaku Shimada, Kristopher Logan, Kelly Hu, Andrew J. Ferchland, Ian Ziering

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  When you pass the point of no return...there's no way back.

Plot: When F.B.I. Agent Zack Grant's partner is killed during a blown-up operation, he attempts to find the person responsible. Mafiaso Frank Serlano believes Zack is responsible for his only sons death in the same operation and kidnaps Zacks son to hold as bait. The action gets wild when airline stewardess Mary is taken hostage to add what seems an another insurmountable problem for Zack. There appears to be No Way Out.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

The only reason anyone would watch this is because it stars Russell Crowe just before he was becoming a big time star.  It's the kind of action flick that goes straight to video with sub par lighting, editing, music, acting and so on.  The script is by the numbers with cheesy action dialogue that even Michael Lerner can't save.  It's a little challenging judging Crowe's performance since I've seen him in a lot of films and he's generally very good.  Here he's alright and above average (for the direct to video market) but he's not bringing in his A-game.  Everything about this picture is OK at best.  See it for Crowe if you must but don't watch it for any other reason.  Wait a minute, Helen Slater does a good job.  Hmmm.  The Sony DVD presents the film in fullscreen (not as nature intended) and the only extras are four trailers (none for this film). 

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