Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bullitt (1968)

Synopsis: Awesome late-1960s car chase through hilly-twisty-turny streets of San Francisco... with some other shit tacked on, too. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Steve McQueen stars as a cool cop in hot water.”

What Did I Learn?: 1) Even if you need a drive, it’s a bad idea to take your girlfriend to the site of a murder investigation. 2) San Francisco is a great city for car chases. (Oh wait – I already learned that from Magnum Force, The Enforcer, and The Dead Pool).

You Might Like This Movie If: You’re in the mood for a San Francisco treat!

Really?: So wait – Bullitt pursues the two hitmen all over the city in a high-speed pursuit, and the criminals never so much as say a word to each other?

Rating: Bullitt is best remembered for an impressive Ford Mustang-Dodge Charger chase, which is still pretty cool, but the film as a whole is dated and dull. The storyline is pretty thin, none of the actors are given much to do, including Robert Duvall in an early role (Jacqueline Bisset is completely wasted, and delivers a God-awful speech after the aforementioned murder investigation scene), and the pacing is sluggish, with far too many looooooooooong shots. I kept thinking: “I know it’s a hospital – you don’t have to keep showing medical equipment!” Frankly, I didn’t give a crap by the end. I cannot recommend this movie. 5/10 stars.

Would it Work For a BAD MOVIE NIGHT: fast-forward to the chase.

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