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Desperate Hours (1990)

Directed by:
Michael Cimino
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Neo-noir/Action/
Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Desperate timer

RUNNING TIME
106 minutes

Produced by:
Michael Cimino
Dino De Laurentiis
Written by (based on the novel by Joseph Hayes):
Joseph Hayes
Lawrence Konner
Mark Rosenthal
Michael Cimino


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Michael Bosworth Mickey Rourke
Tim Cornell Anthony Hopkins
Nora Cornell Mimi Rogers
Nancy Breyers Kelly Lynch
Brenda Chandler Lindsay Crouse
Lexington John Finn -
Wally Bosworth Elias Koteas
Albert David Morse
May Cornell Shawnee Smith -
Zack Cornell Danny Gerard -
Kyle Matt McGrath -

 

Review

Almost nothing gels in this action/thriller misfire from Michael Cimino, a remake of William Wyler's 1955 film of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart. The entire premise such as it is presented here, of a gang of runaway criminals who barricade themselves in an upper middle class home and take the family hostage, is inherently preposterous, but this turns out to be the least of the film's problems. More severe is Cimino's inexplicably clumsy direction, from the wobbly action sequences to some truly campy and horribly overscored drama. As the end approaches, Desperate Hours isn't able to evoke any of the emotions the hammy score and balderdash images are suggesting. The actors are defenceless in these circumstances, with Lindsay Crouse the worst of the lot. And the casting of Anthony Hopkins and Mimi Rogers as husband and wife? They certainly are an odd couple, to put it mildly. The only redeeming quality in here is some beautiful shots of the Utah landscape.

Copyright 19.12.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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