Release Date: June 17th (NYC-Loews 34th St.)
The Cast: Christian Slater, Selma Blair, John Heard, Robert Loggia
Directed by: Harvey Kahn
BASIC PREMISE: An investment banker (Slater) and an environmentalist "tree hugger"(Blair) join forces to eventually uncover deceit and corruption in an oil company.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The cinematography is very slick and always looks stylish, as if it were a music video at times. The plot itself is very engaging because of the suspense that it builds up. The actual deal that takes place is the catalyst that drives the two main characters (Slater and Blair) to do a lot of questioning while always coming a step closer to the truth. Eventually, what starts out as a drama turns into action (mainly chases) and even a little bit of romance along the way. The action scenes are well-shot and thoroughly entertaining. On the other hand, the Slater's acting skills are well below par. He has the burden of going through many emotions, but ends up just looking cold and unconvincing most of the time. Unfortunately, there is very little chemistry between him and Blair so it is hard to care about their romantic relationship---besides the fact that they are both very good looking. The script is often stilted without any wit or much-needed humor.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: There is not a lot to take away from this movie other than that one should watch out for corruption and greed because it can turn deadly. Also, it is always important to question anything that is remotely suspicious. Not surprisingly, money is the root of all evil, but only if it is in the hands of greedy, corrupt businessmen like in this movie. The weak script never brings any of the characters to life to make them believable and real.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Predictable plot.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4
THE BOTTOM LINE: A slick, stylish and engaging thriller that suffers from a weak script and mediocre acting.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)
The "D" Menu