Judgment Night (1993)

logoDirector: Stephen Hopkins

Writer: Lewis Colick (Screenplay) Lewis Colick, Jere Cunningham (Story)

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr, Denis Leary, Stephen Dorff, Jeremiy Piven, Peter Greene, Erik Schrody, Michael Wiseman


Plot: Four pals are on their way to a boxing match, but gets stuck in heavy traffic. To get to the boxing match in time they take the first exit they find to find another way to the venue. As they are driving around lost in gang-land they get stuck and witness a brutal murder. The killer wants no witnesses and tries to kill them too. The four pals get away the first time, but the killer is soon back on their tail again while they are trying to find help in the middle of nowhere.


Verdict: Wrong Turn Boys


Story: The old cat and mouse action gets another go here. This time we get the well-off group of friends who end up on the wrong side of the tracks being chased down by a ruthless criminal and his gang. The basic rules are followed and the relationship between both parties is very traditional. Don’t expect too much different to what you would have seen, but it does keep you wanting more. (7/10)


Actor Review


Emilio Estevez: Frank the married with a kid mature one of the group, who just wants a night out with his friends. He tries to keep everything together through the situation they get stuck in. good performance in the unlikely leader role. (7/10)


Cuba Gooding Jr: Mike the muscle of the group who will always have the guys back whenever they get into trouble. Good cocky performance from Cuba. (7/10)


Denis Leary: Fallon the criminal who is trying to clean up any loose ends by tracking down the four friends with his gang, he is smart, ruthless and will not be pushed around. Good performance from Denis in a villainous role that takes no excuses. (8/10)


Stephen Dorff: John the younger brother of Frank who was a last minute replacement on the night out who has a temper that can lead to unnecessary confrontation. Good supporting role that doesn’t get too involved. (6/10)


Jeremy Piven: Ray the smart talker of the group who could literally sale ice to an Eskimo. He arranges the transport for the night as well as suggests taking the back road leading to the trouble. Good supporting performance getting the annoying friend tag. (7/10)


Director Review: Stephen Hopkins – Good direction to create a basic action cat and mouse chase film. (7/10)


Action: Good action mostly chasing and random gun firing though. (7/10)

Thriller: Good at keeping your attention. (7/10)

Settings: The setting makes everything more interesting as the guys from the right side of track end up on the wrong. (9/10)

Suggestion: This could be tried by the thriller fans, it isn’t anything special but could keep you entertained. (Try)


Best Part: The roof negotiations scene.

Worst Part: The good guys are plain characters.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $12.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: They had a choice, kill or be killed.


Overall: Wrong Turn Without the Creatures

Rating 66


Domestic Disturbance (2002)

logoDirector: Harold Becker

Writer: Lewis Colick (Screenplay) Lewis Colick, William S Comanor, Gary Drucker (Story)

Starring: John Travolta, Matt O’Leary, Teri Polo, Vince Vaughn, Steve Buscemi


Plot: A divorced father Frank Morrison (Travolta) discovers that his ex-wife Susan (Polo) new husband Rick Barnes (Vaughn) is not who he claims to be. To protect his son Danny (O’Leary) Frank must uncover the truth before it is too late.


Verdict: Thriller close to home

Story: On paper this sounds like another version of ‘The Stepfather’ and in a way it is. Instead of just being the child’s struggle against the evil stepfather we also see the father’s struggle to prove who he really is. The build-up also includes the idea the child is a well-known liar when things don’t go his way. All this comes together to make a good story but one that really will be on that doesn’t stick in the memory. (7/10)


Actor Review: John Travolta – Frank Danny’s father who wants to just stand back at let his ex-wife move on but after Danny witness something he can’t rest until he knows the truth. Solid performance from Travolta which is the best of the lot. (8/10)


Actor Review: Vince Vaughn – Rick the new stepfather with a secret he is trying to keep safe but once it gets exposed he tries everything in his power to keep it quiet. Vince had a tendency to play villainous roles before he became the wise cracking funny man he is now and this shows he can pull it off. (8/10)


Actor Review: Matt O’Leary – Danny the young boy who is the centre of all the trouble in the film, lies to stop something happening he doesn’t like and never really dealt with his parents’ divorce. Good performance from the young star showing he can stand toe to toe with bigger name actors. (8/10)


Actor Review: Teri Polo – Susan Danny’s mother who remarries but fails to see through him until it is too late. Good performance as the character would have to fall for all of Rick’s charm. (7/10)


Director Review: Harold Becker – Good direction but the final fight is a bit too dark to be effective. (7/10)


Crime: Watching how reluctant the cops are to help the situation shows how poor they are to the crime story. (6/10)

Thriller: It feels very edge of seat from the moment we learn about Rick’s past but never pulls in all it could. (8/10)

Believability: It would be scary as it could be real but not as far as it is. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The settings used as good but don’t add enough to the story. (8/10)

Suggestion: it is a short thriller so it could be enjoyed by most as it wouldn’t take up much of your time. It is easy enough to watch too. (Try It)


Best Part: The end is good.

Worst Part: The cops.

Trivia: Vince Vaughn, Steve Buscemi were involved in a bar brawl during the filming.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Similar Too: The Stepfather


Overall: Thriller that will hit hard at home

Rating 72

Harold Becker