Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Naked City: Justice With a Bullet (1998)

My apologies - I'm still experiencing computer issues, so it may take me a few days to work through my backlog of movie reviews  - Eli.

Synopsis: Ok, there's a hitman who's gunning for a cop, and a couple of tourists who go on a killing spree, and another cop who likes to hang out in art galleries, and... oh, who am I kidding - this movie has more plots than the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery!

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “New York City is the heart of the world. And the blood flows freely.”

What Did I Learn?: If you really, really need some information from a convicted prisoner, your best course of action is to, um... beat it out of him?!

You Might Like This Movie If: You firmly believe every old B-movie should be re-made and re-made

Really?: 1) See "What Did I Learn?" 2) So wait - a couple of young, female tourists from Ohio (one is a kindergarten teacher, while the other works in an office) ice some of NYC's worst drug dealers, and then the cops simply [NO SPOILERS!]? For reals? Is this a modern-day Perils of Pauline

Rating: Naked City: Justice With a Bullet is fine for an evening's entertainment, but it's contrived, forgettable, and a borderline bad movie. There are too many plots, too many villains, and Scott Glenn is basically wasted in his role as an artistic cop. (Interestingly, Glenn is the lead, and yet he's almost never on-screen!) Oh - and I simply didn't buy the tourists-out-for-justice storyline. 5.5/10 stars.

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