Release Date: 10/6/00
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook, Mickey Rourke, Michael Caine
This remake of the 1971 British film features Sylvester Stallone as Jack Carter, an underworld enforcer of sorts. You don't make good on your promises and the organization sends Jack after you. After Jack's brother dies, Carter leaves for Seattle to investigate, and things get ugly. After putting together the pieces of his brother's unfortunate demise, revenge becomes the order of the day.
Parts of this movie are really great, but the film is uneven and much of it seems flat and poorly written. Stallone looks great and delivers a solid and heartfelt performance - his only shortcoming is some of the awful dialog that he gets stuck with. Ugh. Rachael Leigh Cook took me completely by surprise. Yowzah, what a babe! She also gives a strong performance, and the chemistry between her and Stallone is wonderful. The action scenes are fun and exciting, although the fight sequences suffer from poor editing. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the film (for me) is that much of it takes place in Seattle, and recognizing landmarks was a lot of fun. It was also neat to see Dan Dusak's name in the credits, as I worked with him on "The X-Files Game" shoot.