Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Rookie (1990)

Clint Eastwood Movie #4 (Ok, this one really belongs with Eastwood’s cop films)

Synopsis: Dirty Harry teams up with... "WINNING!"

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Packing years of experience and a .45 automatic, LA Detective Nick Pulovski figures he’s got all the help he needs. He’s also got all help he doesn’t need. His new partner is The Rookie.”

What Did I Learn?: Even a Lotus Esprit will look like a tacky piece of shit if you insist upon painting it electric lime green.

Really?: 1) So wait... Raul Julia and Sonia Braga are Germans? 2) Um... I’d love to know how Pulovski (Eastwood) would explain the specially-made, silver bullet found in Strom’s (Julia) head. 3) Hmm... Strom and his gang are completely surrounded by cops, and they let him exit simply because he has a gun to Pulovski’s head? Would that ever happen in real life? 4) Hmm... so, Pulovski manages to rescue himself right before Ackerman arrives at the chop shop? I guess Clint didn't want his character to be rescued.

Rating: The Rookie is a fairly formulaic buddy cop picture that isn't half-bad if you can overlook several "Really?" moments, and the fact that it's more of a Charlie Sheen vehicle than an Eastwood movie. Sheen and Eastwood trade some funny quips, it’s packed with cool stunts, the musical score is impressive (especially Kyle Eastwood's Red Zone) and it’s an enjoyable piece of fluff if you’re looking to put the old brain on “pause” for a couple of hours. 7/10 stars.

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