15 June 2002

Bad Identity

The Bourne Identity: 3 Stars. After all the lousy reviews I'd heard about this flick, I'd expected to see a pretty piss-poor bit of filmmaking, but Doug Liman, director of Swingers, has put together a taut, suspenseful, well-acted bit of popcorn entertainment, which is all I was hoping for. Here's hoping that Franka Potente finally gets noticed and gets a few tasty foreign-chick roles generally going to the far less talented (and less cute) Penelope Cruz.

Bad Company: 3 Stars. I think it's fair to say that my initial expectations of this were so low, that it succeeded in such a high score simply by being better than awful. On the other hand, maybe Chris Rock is finally becoming a decent actor, and maybe Joel Schumaker, under the thumb of uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is capable of directing more than just crap. This is true popcorn filmmaking, true, but well-done, exciting, and most of all, fun. Kudos to Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon for being wholly hot.

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