Pierce Brosnan Weekend – After the Sunset (2004)

Director: Brett Ratner

Writer: Paul Zbyszewski, Craig Rosenberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Don Cheadle, Naomie Harris, Chris Penn, Troy Garity

Plot: The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the F.B.I. Agent who promised he’d capture him, is about to do just that.

Tagline – Who will walk away?

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Crime Heist

Story: After the Sunset starts as master thief Max (Brosnan) and his partner Lola (Hayek) get one over FBI agent Stan Lloyd (Harrelson) once again, stealing the diamonds he is transporting despite Stan’s fear of Max coming for them, escaping to tropical island, Max and Lola find themselves getting bored in retirement.

Stan heads down to the tropical island to watch over Max and Lola believing they will be trying to pull off another job, with a new potential diamond for Max to steal, Stan teams up with local cop Sophie (Harris) to try and catch him in the act. The island gang leader Henri Moore (Cheadle) wants the diamond and is pushing Max into doing the job, will he come out of retirement.

Thoughts on After the Sunset

Characters – Max Burdett is a famous diamond thief, he has managed to get away with the most difficult jobs and has always managed to find a way to have an alibi for when the robberies have taken place, he has retired with his partner until a new temptation and gang leader pushes him into one more job, while he uses his charm to stay one step ahead of the FBI agent tracking him. Lola is the partner of Max, she is used for distraction using her beauty to turn head, but she is keeping herself busy in the retirement life in which she is getting bored of. Stan is an FBI agent that has always found himself losing Max, he decides to follow him to the tropical island believing he is going after another job, hoping that he can catch him in the act this time around. The two men have a rival friendship which sees them needing to word their conversations correctly and even help each other with their relationship issues. Henri Moore is the island gangster, he has been turning the island into what he wants and wants Max to help him steal the diamond. Sophie is the local cop that doesn’t take anything from anyone and is the only one that is willing to tackle the gangster problem through the film. She works with Stan on the tracking of Max.

PerformancesPierce Brosnan is wonderful to watch as a confident thief, he is great in these styles of role and it shows here. Salma Hayek is always going to great to watch and this role shows her at her best, with Woody Harrelson also shining through this film, he knows how to hit the comedy needing for his role despite him having a serious side to him. Don Cheadle doesn’t really get that much screen time, while Naomie Harris shows us a strong performance through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a thief living in paradise after retirement, only to find himself followed by his nemesis FBI Agent and pushed into a new job by the island’s gangster. This is a story that plays out like the crime heist story, by having the five main parts each trying to stay ahead of each other, with plenty of twists and turns along the way as they each believe they have the upper hand. This does have the slick style needed in the story and does show that both men will find themselves getting into trouble with their personal lives, with the unlikely friendship being there to help each other out.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy comes from how Max and Stan keep their friendship with them getting into funny situations, all while keeping the criminal line between the two of them.

SettingsThe film is set on a tropical island which does give us the beautiful backdrop and shows this could be a place for thieves to retire in.

Scene of the Movie – Fishing.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Could have more from Cheadle’s character.

Final Thoughts This is a fun heist movie with enjoyable characters and a slick style when it comes to deal with the relationship between thief and authority.

Overall: Enjoyable heist film.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

dogsDirector: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino (Screenplay)

Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney


Plot: After a simple jewellery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Redefining Crime Thriller


Story: Reservoir Dogs starts as we meet our bank robbers before they go into their latest job, in typical Tarantino style we jump past the actual job as we watch Mr Orange (Roth) after he has been shot with Mr White (Keitel) heading back to the rendezvous. When Mr Pink (Buscemi) turns up White and Pink try to figure up what happened along with what to do with Mr Orange.

Mr Blonde (Madsen) and Nice Guy Eddie Cabot (Penn) arrive tension continue to rise are the group try to figure out who the rat really is.

Reservoir Dogs gives us a crime thriller that did something we hadn’t seen before, it changes the way stories needed to be told by jumping between time periods as we learn about each character and how they ended up where they are now with the heist gone wrong. The mix of twists all work nicely because as you only know the outcome of each situation you never learn what they did to end up where they are until we see their individual story. Saying this could also be used as a downside because people would have liked to have seen the film unfold in an order that is easier to watch but fans should praise the style of this film.


Actor Review


Harvey Keitel: Mr White is the experienced member of the thieves that is starting to make mistakes with how he acts between the fellow thieves and who he can trust of not. He knows the jobs can be done without anyone getting hurt as long as he is working with the right people. Harvey is great in this role showing how he could be a leading actor in a heist style thriller.white

Tim Roth: Mr Orange is one of the newest members of the team that gets bought in on this job, he gets shot while on the job leaving him on deaths door for most of this film as he begs to be taken to a hospital. Tim is good in this role which is mostly stuck on the dying before he flashbacks.orange

Michael Madsen: Mr Blonde is the psychotic member of the team who is looking to shot first and ask questions later, he is involved in the most famous scene of this film as he doesn’t like loose ends. Michael is easily the most iconic characters in this film and that scene with Stuck in the Middle will stay with you long after seeing the film.blode

Chris Penn: Nice Guy Eddie Cabot is the son of the boss the team is working for, he isn’t fully involved in the job but making sure the team has everything and is united as well as being around to clean up any loose ends. Chris is good in this role but we don’t get as much scenes with him as we would like as his character comes off annoying.

Steve Buscemi: Mr Pink is the talker of the group, he only wants to look out for himself after this job goes wrong. He doesn’t like his name but has to learn to deal with it.  Steve is good in this supporting role that gets the best dialogue of the film.pink

Support Cast: Reservoir Dogs only has a couple more characters that all help the story unfold the way it does.

Director Review: Quentin TarantinoQuentin fully put himself on the map with this crime thriller that showed his storytelling ability and a fresh style on making films.


Crime: Reservoir Dogs puts us in the middle of a heist with the plan, the meeting and the aftermath without ever showing the actually heist.

Thriller: Reservoir Dogs keeps us guessing to who is the cop and what actually went on during the heist.

Music: Reservoir Dogs showed the Tarantino loved uses music for extra effects.

Settings: Reservoir Dogs keeps most of the action inside the warehouse only moving away to show what has previously happened to the characters.
: Reservoir Dogs is a film I think most people should have watch at least once. (Watch)


Best Part: Stuck in the Middle with you.

Worst Part: Can turn people away with mixed time line.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1.2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Four perfect killers. One perfect crime. Now all they have to fear is each other.

Trivia: Armed with $30,000 and a 16mm camera, Quentin Tarantino was all set to make the film with a bunch of friends, including his producing partner Lawrence Bender who was going to play Nice Guy Eddie. It was then that Tarantino received an answerphone message from Harvey Keitel, asking if he could not only be in the film but help produce it. Keitel had gotten involved via the wife of Bender’s acting class teacher, who had managed to get a copy of the script to him. Keitel’s involvement helped raise the budget to $1.5 million.


Overall: Thriller that keeps you guessing without you knowing what is the truth until the end


Rush Hour (1998)

logoDirector: Brett Ratner

Writer: Jim Kouf, Ross LaManna (Screenplay) Ross LaManna (Story)

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Tzi Ma, Chris Penn, Ken Leung, Rex Linn, Elizabeth Pena, Philip Baker Hall, John Hawkes


Plot: Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter.


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Verdict: Classic Entertainment


Story: Rush Hour starts by showing Officer Lee (Chan) closing a big case for his boss Consul Han (Ma) who is leaving the city in the hands of Griffin (Wilkinson). Moving to Los Angeles we meet Carter (Tucker) an undercover officer who shows he is all talk but capable of completing the job. Consul Han starting his new job in Los Angeles when his daughter is kidnapped, with the FBI involved Han wants his own man involved. This brings Lee over but when the FBI want to leave him out the picture they call the LAPD leading to Carter being put on the assignment as a punishment.

Carter talks too much believing that Lee doesn’t speak any English leading to the comedy tension between the two starting early. Carter and Lee being pushed off the case decide to look into the case on their own free will. They couple find themselves in the middle of the battle after Lee loses Carter. When it becomes apparent that Lee is going to be up against an old enemy Sang (Leung) it becomes clear that the kidnapping is personal.

Carter and Lee have to put aside their differences and go against the orders of the FBI to save the girl from the infamous yet elusive Juntao.

Rush Hour is a style of film that put together correctly works to high levels, Rush Hour reaches those levels with the brilliant pairing of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. The story is simple to follow and relies on the twos action to keep us entertained. It will go down as one of the last great buddy cop films because certain parts wouldn’t be accepted in the cinema nowadays. We get to see Tucker’s wise cracking joking spitting character mix with Chan’s all action character to give us a great blend of comedy and action that really keeps us fully entertained. (9/10)


Actor Review


Jackie Chan: Lee brilliant detective from China who gets bought to America to help find the kidnapped daughter, but once there he gets treated like a tourist. He ends up teaming up with the unlikely Carter to make for a great team when it comes to solving the kidnapping. Jackie is always going to give us great action scenes but moving his style into comedy worked perfectly here. (8/10)


Chris Tucker: Carter loud talking streetwise detective who’s against the books techniques lands him on babysitting duties with Lee. Carter’s connections do end up helping solve the kidnapping. Chris does a good job to create a character that you actually hate but love at the same time because when it comes down to business he always comes through. (8/10)


Tom Wilkinson: Griffin/Juntao we do see Griffin as a friend of the Consul but we do also see that he is the infamous Juntao who is the evil businessman. Tom gives a solid performance as the typical generic evil business man. (6/10)


Ken Leung: Sang the main henchman for Juntao, he ends up going up against Lee on multiple occasions always seeming escaping the duel. Ken does a good job but we are waiting for a battle between him and Lee which never happens. (7/10)


Support Cast: Rush Hour has a supporting cast that includes the FBI who are the typical stupid characters. The Consul and his family who play the victims well. We also have the typical henchman there to give Jackie Chan a chance to kick ass.


Director Review: Brett Ratner – Brett does a good job directing this action comedy that still feels fresh today over 15 years later. (8/10)


Action: Rush Hour has plenty of fight scenes, chase scenes and a giant shoot out at the end which all work well for the genre. (9/10)

Comedy: Rush Hour has plenty of laughs through the clashes in culture between the two leads. (8/10)

Thriller: Rush Hour doesn’t have the thriller level that the story could have but this is more about the comedy anyway. (5/10)

Chemistry: Rush Hour uses Chan and Tucker’s chemistry to make this film a stand out 90s film. (9/10)

Settings: Rush Hour LA always makes for a good setting but we don’t see any landmarks that make the settings truly memorable. (5/10)

Suggestion: Rush Hour has to really be seen at least once by everyone it has a great blend of action and comedy. (Watch)


Best Part: Restaurant fight scene.

Worst Part: Tucker can get annoying at times.

Action Scene Of The Film: Restaurant fight.

Funniest Scene: Lee breaks into the consul’s home.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has 2

Post Credits Scene: Bloopers through the credits.

Similar Too: 48 Hours


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $244 Million

Budget: $33 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: Pals Forever. If they can get past today.

Trivia: According to director Brett Ratner, this film is the first one released in the U.S. featuring Jackie Chan in an English-speaking role without any kind of dubbing. According to Ratner, before this film Chan always had his voice dubbed over in his English-speaking roles because of his uncertainty in speaking the language. For this film, however, Ratner convinced him to forgo the dubbing as it would lend to the authenticity of his character.


Overall: Buddy Cop Comedy Entertainment

Rating 80

Murder By Numbers (2002)

logoDirector: Barbet Schroeder

Writer: Tony Gayton (Screenplay)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt, Agnew Bruckner, Chris Penn


Plot: When two gifted high school students Richard (Gosling) and Justin (Pitt) commit the perfect murder, they enter into a game of cat and mouse with seasoned detective Cassie Mayweather (Bullock) and her rookie partner Sam Kennedy (Chaplin). The story follows the teens planning the murder and the aftermath of the crime investigation.


Verdict: A slick thriller

Story: When you think you can get away with the perfect crime would you? This story shows what seems like a perfect crime will always have small details to leave questions. The story of the cat and mouse between a criminal who thinks they are smarter than the police aren’t the most original but this one takes a twist on that take by the murder being for proof that they could rather than a need. We are left to guess how the murder happened and what they did to try and get away with it. (8/10)


Actor Review: Sandra Bullock – Cassie the nonsense cop with a troubled past who won’t stop fighting for the truth. Good performance providing a cop without the ability to stop fighting for truth. (8/10)


Actor Review: Ben Chaplin – Sam a newly promoted cop who is forced to work with Cassie as no one else would. Good supporting role but doesn’t offer enough to the criminal side of the story. (6/10)


Actor Review: Ryan Gosling – Richard the rich, good looking, wise talking guy in high school who is used to getting what he wants. Great performance with a twisted side to go with his popular personality. Scene Stealer Award, Breakout Performance Award, Smooth Talker Award, Scariest Character Award (9/10)


Actor Review: Michael Pitt – Justin a smart guy but also a loner who gets a chance to make himself more popular by committing the perfect crime. Good performance that does seem to get overshadowed by Gosling. (8/10)


Director Review: Barbet Schroeder – Good direction to create edge of the seat entertainment. (8/10)


Crime: Looking at committing the perfect murder. (9/10)

Thriller: Creates an edge of your seat ride from start to finish. (9/10)

Believability: People will believe they can get away with the perfect crime. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Mixed setting that offer nothing to the story until the final abandoned house on the cliff tops. (5/10)


Suggestion: I would suggest to all thriller fans but other than that I think most people will miss this. I think it is worth watching and you will be rewarded if you try it. (Try It)


Best Part: Gosling performance

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown in abandoned house.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No


Overall: A good thriller that is worth a watch

Rating 71