Saturday, June 4, 2016

Truth or Consequences N.M. (1997)

Director: Kiefer Sutherland

Writer: Brad Mirman

Composer: Jude Cole

Starring: Vincent Gallo, Mykelti Williamson, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Pollak, Kim Dickens, Grace Phillips, James McDaniel, Rick Rossovich, John C. McGinley, Max Perlich, Rod Steiger, Martin Sheen

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Life's a Bitch. Why Behave?

Plot: A group of crooks, an ex con, his friend and a gun crazy gangster plan a drug heist, but not everything goes as planned.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Good cast and performances from Sutherland's directorial debut.  Martin Sheen's trying to be too cool for school which translates to being over the top.  I can see the attraction Sutherland had to playing Curtis.  He's an out of control, violent mother fucker.  Those characters can be loads of fun to watch if they're done right.  They can be real tension builders.  He has his moments.  I was drawn into Pollak's character, Gordon, more.  He and his wife are taken hostage and are used to transport the criminals in their RV.   Gordon gets a rush from this and starts to be seduced by the bad guy lifestyle.  It's exciting to this meek guy.  That subplot played out nicely.  The synth score didn't work for me and it helped give the feel of dragging the picture out.  Overall it's a good little crime picture that's got some neat moments and interesting situations and characters.  The Triumph DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen print with three fullscreen trailers for extras (this film, A FEW GOOD MEN and FLATLINERS).

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