Black Cat Run
Cat Run (1998), a made for TV thriller has everything, including
excessive violence, lots of chase scenes, explosions, and Amelia
Heinle, who shows her breasts in a very dark sex scene.
| So with all of the
ingredients for an American thriller, how did they blow it? Well, they
show a prisoner escape from a chain gang during the opening credits,
then cut to a small town in Texas where the local garage owner's son
wins auto races, dates the sheriff's daughter against his wishes, and
pisses off the deputy who wants her. I am sure you can figure out the
rest of the plot from here.
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| Part of the problem
is that they take way too long to bring the prisoners into contact
with the sheriff's daughter, so, by the time they do, I had already
figured out the plot and stopped caring. The bad guys were one
dimensional, and hence not very interesting. They didn't show nearly
enough of Heinle. The love scene was so dark they could have skipped
The film was cut for violence in
Germany and the UK.
this made-for-TV actioner was written by Frank Darabont, who has
written some damned good screenplays in his life, the best of which
was probably The Shawshank Redemption.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a D.
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