Ludicrous and wonderful in its own way, a classic example of the kind of overblown action thrillers that would be so prevalent throughout the 1990s. Excellent action sequences combine with cheesy dialogue and preposterous plotting to create the cinematic equivalent of junk food raised to an art form, seasoned with a touch of new-age philosophising around male identity. Enjoy...
One of the better action movies of the 1990s and it's story was that great it was reused for the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Kathryn Bigelow learned from James Cameron how to make good action films and this is a cool one with realistic action and no over-the-top CGI scenes. Swayze and Reeves are surprisingly likable together as buddies but also enemies on each side of the law. The dialogue is not as good though.
The only reason for watching this was the reference in Hot Fuzz and the movie really isn't trying to be anything more than an action-packed heist bromance with Keanu's signature wooden acting (that should be considered a non-material world heritage). Vaya con dios, man..
An action film so well crafted that it allows the audience to take its silliness seriously. Above all the things that critics have unsuccessfully championed it as - homoerotic, subversion of brah testosterone - it's still best as a thrill ride, a capsule of strikingly shot 90s LA. The respect for male companionship & competition is elevated above all else, but the bromance and spirituality are sadly not felt.
Ridiculous in hindsight Bigelow's surprisingly testosterone fueled nineties style action flick remains a fun run for thrill seekers. Is there anything more ballsy than jumping out of a plane sans parachute? Performances are pretty awful all around especially Reeves and Petty but Bigelow still provides much to enjoy. Why remake this?