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The 100




U.S. Marshals
(1998)
Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 5 Beans

knew that this movie was not going to come within a mile of the excellence of the original and I was even going to wait until it came out on video to see it. However, some time ago a friend of mine (becuase he's a Wesley Snipes fan... no joke, I'm serious) persuaded me to see it with him and all my reservations were confirmed, this movie has nothing of what that made the first movie so enjoyable.

To this day, I say that the crash/escape scene from The Fugitive is one of the (if not best) stunt scenes that I have ever scene in my life. Compared to this scene, the place crash in U.S Marshalls and indeed the rest of the movie looks like the cheap imitation that it is. The movie displayed none of the sharpness and grit that The Fugitive did.

The movie is utterly predictable, I knew who the real bad guy was about an hour into the movie. The ending came as no surprise and was so unoriginal that I would have shot the screen writer on sight had I seen him. There are no action sequences or stunts that make you're eyes bulge and whisper "F*** ME" is disbelief (as a certain dam scene did in the original).

This movie was an unfortunate venture for three good actors (Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pantoliono and Kate Nelligan) plus one passable actor (Snipes). All of them struggled to bring life to a bad script, but their characters all suffered from various flaws. For instance Sam Gerard (Jones) couldn't have been the same character from the original, he just didn't have the same edge that he did previously. Added to that Kate Nelligan may as well not been there and all I can say about Downey Jr's character (John Royce) is... who else was there. The only bright light was Pantoliono as Cosmo Renfro as one of Gerards' deputies, he got the extra screen time here that he should have had in the original.

Maybe I'm comparing it to the original too much. but its hard not to compare sequels to originals. But overall U.S Marshals a very pale comparision that couldn't hold a light, hell a safety match to the original.


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