Deadfall (1993) – Review (Film)

Deadfall 

I’ve always been a Nicolas Cage fan and despite a few stinkers over the years I can usually rely on him to at least bring something to the table.

Sadly Deadfall isn’t one of those cases. His role of drug crazed Eddie is seemingly free reign to go mental every few minutes, regardless of whether the plot calls for it.

With all the memebers of his family involved in the film (I counted two Coppolas on the credits) perhaps his involvement was more of a favour? 😕

Fortunately although he features heavily on the cover of the DVD he isn’t actually in much of the film as it concentrates on the story of Joe (Michael Biehen), a con man who whose life is ruined when a con goes wrong.

The situation leads him to look up a relative and eventually get involved in another con – the biggest of his career.

Deadfall was a bit like a poor man’s Matchstick Men, which I thought was a great little film – so that isn’t a major slight on Deadfall.

It was one of those films that really would’ve been more suited as a 60 minute TV movie as opposed to a 90 minute film.

Add in the fact that the twist was so obvious I was doubting whether they would go with it – although having said that they didn’t see it through exactly as I had envisioned.

James Coburn puts in a pretty good performance, and don’t get me wrong the film was certainly watchable, but the story wasn’t very strong and everything felt a little false and unbelievable.

Even the appearance of Charlie Sheen doesn’t lift things and to be honest I’d think the film might’ve worked better with Sheen and Nic Cage switching roles.

Overall I don’t think I could honestly recommend Deadfall, if you fancy watching a con film with Nicolas Cage I’d suggest checking out Matchstick Men instead.

Rating: 3/10

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Bangkok Dangerous – Review (Film)

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 Nicolas Cage stars as Joe, a friendless hitman who is beginning to consider a life outside of assassinations.

Following a strict set of rules Joe has become one of the best and most respected assassins in the business.

Deciding to follow Rule 4, “Know when it’s time to get out,” Joe decides this will be his last job – the final big pay off, 4 kills in Bangkok.

The only problem being that once he gets there he breaks some of the other rules that have served him well over the years.

Will his new found social interactions cost him? Is he losing his edge? These issues are touched upon in amongst the unmigated carnage Joe brings down on his victims.

Nic Cage does a great job as Joe and Shahkrit Yamnarm as his ‘sidekick’ Kong was really impressive. On the whole I thought the film was well cast and the characterisation was well handled.

I really enjoyed Bangkok Dangerous – it occasionally went a little over the top in the sentimentality and teacher/student stakes but not in a way that detracted from the story itself.

I am partial to a hitman film anyway so I guess I was predisposed to like this – one thing I would’ve liked to have seen would have been a few more different ways of killing people. Maybe in a flashback of older victims or something.

I suppose I’ve been spoilt by the Hitman game series where there are all manner of insane, and yet totally genius, ways of taking down a target.

Bangkok Dangerous is a US remake of a Thai film, with the same title, from 1999. In the original the hitman is deaf and mute, which certainly sounds interesting. They have clearly switched things around for the US version and I’d like to see the original before commenting on whether that’s a good or bad thing.

Having watched this on DVD I was also privvy to both endings and I’m still undecided as to which one was best – the gritty one or the Hollywood one.

A film like this can’t really be called a buddy movie but it certainly has some of that charm, which I think is why I can’t make my mind up over the ending. Almost everytime I prefer the more realistic or darker ending but I guess every now and then it’s nice to see a cheesy ending. One thing I would say though is that even with the cheesy ending they reigned it in a bit and didn’t go the whole hog.

This is a film that won’t be to everybody’s taste – hence the lukewarm critics ratings despite going to No.1 at the US box office – but if you like your films stylish and violent then I’d say give Bangkok Dangerous a try, you might just like it.

Rating: 7/10