DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow


May Contain Spoilers!

Will we be adding this to our collection?  NO

As a band of bank robbers, wearing president’s masks, rampage across L.A., undercover cop Keanu Reeves is assigned to infiltrate the gang which is led by the late Patrick Swayze. The gang are all into extreme sports, with surfing and skydiving featuring heavily in their repertoire.

Reeves is hardly a best actor nominee and nor was Swayze but this isn’t a high-class drama, this a film about what is takes and what it is to be an adrenaline junky. Bigelow would continue to explore these themes again, most notably in her Oscar winning The Hurt Locker (2009), which beat 3D epic Avatar (2009) to the Best Picture award in 2010, but here is where she proved herself to be better in many respect than many of her male counterparts, certainly when it comes to exploring and understanding the male psyche around being an adrenaline addict.

They may be bank robbers by trade but they’re seekers of the high by design. The characters are all men’s men and this was the time to tell the story, as action films were big at this time but the days of Arnie and Stallone’s super action stars were giving way to the likes of Bruce Willis’ more everyman tough guy as seen in Die Hard (1988). This is in a similar vein, with very male characters with more to offer than just being indestructible.

Still very masculine but thoughtful as well. I feel that this is a little dated now and on the whole, this isn’t one of my favourite films but its quality is there and if adrenaline movies are your thing, then they don’t come much better than this. It’s certainly a classic.

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