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Judas Kiss (1998)
Generally an intelligent caper film
What I really like about this movie is that the kidnapers generally show some intelligence...a rare thing in films. They don't have many of the film clichés that plague this types of films--they don't openly fight showing little or no cohesion, a rift isn't created in which the hostage can exploit to get away, and they don't fall for the "stall them and tell them it takes more time" ploys. The only two discernable "stupid criminal" clichés I noticed was opening up the case and gawking at the money in the gateway car and stopping the car to get another cell phone battery from the trunk...but there are other reasons for that. I also like the way Rickman's and Thompson's characters play off each other...it's fun to watch.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Ok action flick with a formula that's been done before...
I just saw it on DVD and was somewhat surprised it got so much hype. Sure, it was an ok action flick, but the formula has been done before. When my wife and I were watching it, all that came to mind was "Point Break" with cars instead of surfboards...the similarities are striking. The DVD has some nice extras though.