After the Sunset (2/10)
by Tony Medley
Prospectively, this looks
like it canít miss. With a cast of Pierce Brosnan and
the voluptuous Selma Hayek, music by Lalo Schifrin, cinematography by
multi-nominated Dante Spinotti, and a location in the Bahamas, what
could go wrong? The answer begins and ends with the story by Paul
Zbyscewski and the script by Zbyscewski and Craig Rosenberg.
It starts out pretty good as
Max Burdett (Brosnan) is a jewel thief who is living with his girl
friend, Lola Cirillo (Hayek) after victimizing FBI agent Stan Lloyd
(Harrelson) in stealing a big diamond at a Lakers basketball game.
They run away to hide in the
Caribbean, ostensibly for Max to retire, but then Lloyd shows up and
says he thinks theyíre going to steal another diamond thatís coming in
on a cruise ship. They deny it.
As the story builds the first
half hour isnít terrible. But then it all falls apart. The characters
are paper m‚che, the story so predictable one wonders how anybody could
foist it on an audience. The only thing that kept my attention was when
Lola would bend over and the camera shot down her shirt to her navel.
Thatís great cinematography! Sometimes the camera gets so close to her
cleavage that I was wondering if they were using some sort of long lens,
because I couldnít imagine the contortions involved in getting the
camera that close. As you can tell by my wandering attention, the story
was less than compelling.
Harrelson is truly an enigma.
Heís in one terrible movie after another; he's always the same, couldn't
display any other emotion than Woody Harrelson, the smiling sap, yet he
keeps getting jobs. The only thing notable he ever accomplished was to
get people to wear their baseball caps backward, thanks to one of his
first terrible movies, master of the idiotic movie Ron Sheltonís
White Men Canít Jump (1992). The only thing good about this is that
when you see someone with his baseball cap on backward, you know
instantly that youíre dealing with a dope.
Except for Lolaís cleavage
and the Bahamian location, this movie is a waste.
November 6, 2004