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James C. Burns,
One of the worst action movies I've seen in a long time
Unlike the majority of Canadian films that are made, this is one that freely gives signs that the movie is actually taking place in Canada. We get Canadian license plates, there is a "VIA" railway train seen, there is a character that speaks French, and there is a reference to a "Crown Attorney" (the Canadian equivalent of a District Attorney). However, there is a reference to the death penalty (which Canada hasn't had for decades), and a reference to the possibility of the F.B.I. (which are American) being called in. Oops!
Actually, this inability of the movie of firmly setting where it's actually taking place was one of the least of the problems I had with the movie. To begin with, it's cheap - VERY cheap. We get stuff like bullets being fired at cars and no bullet holes appearing, and when the train is sealed in the tunnel, we HEAR the explosions at each end of the tunnel but don't actually see the explosions or the piled wreckage at each end of the tunnel.
The next problem was with Baldwin's performance. He seems to be phoning it in for the most part - and phoning it in long distance. When he's not phoning it in, he acts so smarmy, so obnoxious, that you will actually root for the villains. But even worse than his performance is his direction. With the limited budget, he resorts to cost-cutting measures like frequent close-ups and stuff happening offscreen. Also, there is almost no action in the first hour of the movie, and the little action that's there and in the rest of the movie is directed by an unbelievable lack of passion and excitement. He seems to think that simply firing a gun is exciting.
If the disastrous end results had been unintentionally amusing, there might be a reason to see this movie. But except for the dispatch of the final bad guy, you'll watch the rest of the movie in silent agony. This movie actually provokes physical pain. Avoid!
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