A rarity - a fun action movie with a woman as lead character, and what a woman! Geena Davis and Samuel Jackson are great - fast-paced, a few laughs, lots of action, a few plot twists - absolutely loved it!
In this 1996 action thriller, Geena Davis plays a nice lady living in a cozy town with her husband and daughter, working as a teacher. But, wait, is she??? Like "The Bourne Identity," it turns out she's a super assassin and she needs to find out who she is and who is trying to kill her. I'll be damned if I can remember why Sam Jackson is around for the ride, but he is. This is one of two films Davis made with her Finnish husband Renny Harlin; the other was the catastrophic pirate movie "Cutthroat Island." Harlin's trademarks include explosions, shooting, running, Finlandia vodka (because he's Finnish), more shooting, and a high body count. It was written by Shane Black, who earned a then record 4 million for his frankly terrible script. His trademarks include mismatched partners (usually one black and one white), smart ass one liners, and gratuitous violence. The action is okay and the performances good (What happened to Geena Davis?), but the villain is terrible and the plot is ridiculously convoluted. The title seems to reference both "The Long Goodbye" and "Kiss of Death." Enjoy with some Finlandia vodka!
Only the Fullscreen side plays. The Widescreen side has the library's anti-theft sticker on it. :(
Bad Language but Sam Jackson is Hilarious. Over played Davis' role.
Not very often you can find in an action movie a strong and smart woman who had fast hand to shoot and fight to defense herself.
The first half of the movie was really intriguing and fun to watch, but the ending was the usual Hollywood (explosions, gunfights, loose interpretation of physics, etc) and the plot/character actions made less and less sense.
love a movie with a smart, kick-ass woman. this was pretty dang fun to watch. fast moving, great action, likable characters. lots of good explosions, too.
I enjoyed Geena Davis being a smart aleck overcoming evil. You know from the start that will be the case as this isn't really a movie to be taken seriously. Also, for having a child at the center of the plot, there's a LOT of cussing and violence. Still, it's fun to see Davis refuse to be a victim and, with Samuel L. Jackson's help, outsmart the bad guys.
Check out your brain when watching; there are more holes in the plot than Swiss cheese.
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