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The 100




U.S. Marshals
(1998)
Reviewed by Mike Miller
Rating: 7 Beans

waste of talent, good characters, and a promising franchise.

One of the aspects of 1993's THE FUGITIVE that made it so memorable was that the adversaries were not really the bad guys. The U.S. marshals trailing Dr. Richard Kimble were just doing their jobs and making it look like fun. Tommy Lee Jones deserved and won an Oscar for his portrayal of U.S. Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard, the leader of the squad.

This follow-up brings back the warrants squad, all of the characters, but none of the style, wit, or originality of the original. Once again, Gerard and his team are after a man who may or may not be guilty, and unraveling a conspiracy at the same time.

Part of what weakens the film is that there is absolutely no character development. When its over, we have zero insight into any of the characters telling us why they do what they do. It would help make Gerard more sympathetic if he appeared to be anything but a machine with no life beyond his job. The witty rapport among the marshals that helped lighten the original is gone. None of the characters stands out or even registers.

The action sequences are so-so, with almost no tension generated.

Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes (the new fugitive), Robert Downey Jr. (as a shady government agent) all deserved better. So did the rest of the actors who play the warrants squad (Joe Pantoliono, LaTanya Richardson, Daniel Roebuck, and Tom Wood). Not to mention the always enjoyable Kate Nelligan, in a throwaway role as Gerard's boss.

If this film makes enough money to warrant (no pun intended) a follow-up, some of the budget needs to go towards a better script next time.


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