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Review of the day for the week of May 3, 1999.


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Although not without flaws, Entrapment is a surprisingly entertaining action film.

Sean Connery plays Mac, one of the world's greatest crooks: He steals the most expensive things he can find with apparent ease and cleverness. Catherine Zeta-Jones is an insurance investigator who decides to entrap Mac, figuring that she can use her womanly wiles to trap him (unfortunately, her attempts to seduce him fail). However, he does allow her to help him commit several large-scale robberies, after she tells him she is also a thief. While she thinks he believes her, he secretly knows what she's up to, and apparently has a trap set for her (his crooked FBI agent friend helps). Meanwhile, he is attracted to her - and vice versa- although for a while they "keep it strictly business".

Nicely plotted, this film features lots of action with fantastic stunt-work to keep the pace moving. I enjoyed all the actors, but I would have preferred a younger, sexier male lead instead of Connery. Of course, I can see how the plot was built around an old, experienced crook, but I'm sure a better looking fifty or sixty-year-old actor could be found (I was thinking that Harrison Ford would be terrific in this role). Overall, however, I found this film quite engrossing and lively.

My Rating = Three Stars


Idle Hands

Idle Hands
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Idle Hands is an abominable mess comprised of buckets of blood, cheap-looking special effects, and more gore than both the Scream movies and both the I Know What You Did Last Summer movies combined!

If they were going to go for grossing the audience out, at least they could have done a better job of it - at one point, fake ears and eyeballs are found - far from the bodies they were formerly attached to. They don't look at all real - and it's terribly obvious that they're fake.

And then there's the plot. Far from credibility, this story is a rip-off of every horror movie to date: There are snatches of Carrie, a hint of the Chuckie films, and a large constituent of the plot revolves around an unattached yet mobile hand that is incredibly reminiscent of The Addams' Family.

Devon Sawa plays a lazy bum teenager whose hand is possessed by the devil (or something like that). With no control over his possessed hand, he is unable to stop it from murdering his parents and best friends. (The friends come back as undead ghouls in a subplot as useless as the main plot.)

And don't even get me started on the pathetic acting jobs. Obviously the actors didn't have much to work with, but you'd think they'd have the sense to realize that after taking one look at the script. What idiot talked these actors into taking such horrible roles?

I'll admit that the first twenty minutes of this film was basically so insensate that I found a few scenes laughably comic, but the brainless, haphazard plot quickly became tiresome. The movie swiftly went down the toilet. After an hour and a half I couldn't tolerate any more ludicrous, mindless insanity and I walked out. Idle Hands wasn't boring so much as it was irritatingly disgusting.

My Rating = One Star


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