After a museum heist goes awry, Lorenzo Lamas works off his debt to Lance Henriksen bysigning on as part of a team for an even bigger job: stealing $250 million from a 747 in mid-flight. We follow the team of expert thieves prepare for heist, and then the big event goes down.But Lamas doesn’t trust everybody he’s working with, and he is right not to.
Remember the heist that kick-starts the action in Cliffhanger? That’s pretty muchwhat you have here, only now that job…is the subject of the entire film. The effects, for a B-picture, are very good, and the pace is brisk. The tone is jocular, aiming for something in alongthe lines of Ocean’s 11 (with some freeze-frame character identification lifted fromSnatch tossed in for good measure). And while somebody should tell the filmmakers thatword is “override” and not “overwrite,” somebody should also tell them that the put together acompact little piece of entertainment. Viva B!
As with most Velocity releases, the sound is only 2.0, but it is a very busy 2.0. Theenvironmental effects are energetic and well done — plenty to keep the surround capabilitiesoccupied. The dialogue has a little bit of buzz during some shouting moments, but for the mostpart is clear and clean, and isn’t drowned out. The music is too rear heavy: ALL of the musiccomes out of the rear as well as the front, and the effect is a bit strange.
The video is less exciting. The fullscreen image is rather soft: the faces of characters in fullshot or further back lose definition very quickly. The contrasts could uses a bit of work, and theblacks aren’t always as deep as they could be. There is some grain too, though edge enhancementisn’t an issue, and the colours are pretty good.
The main screen of the menu is scored, and you have a trailer.
One of those films that gets in, gets the job done, and gets out. Sometimes, you don’t needany more than that, and in this case, the job is well done.
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