Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jake Speed (USA. 1986)

Questionably fun rip-off of 'Romancing the Stone' from New World pictures that benefits from an enthusiastic supporting cast, an almost witty screenplay and a solid budget that bring the pulp thrills to the screen. On the losing side of the whip, the performance of Cameron Mitchell as Jake Speed is a charismatic black hole and the pacing drops dead to way to many times for a breezy adventure flick. John Hurt hams it up majestically at the cackling killing big baddie. Lots of fun set-pieces come into play, but you just wish they had cast anyone else than Mitchell (Who co-wrote the screenplay) was the one cracking the one-liners.

Still, he does have a wicked gun.

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