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U.S. Marshals
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Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey, Jr.
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site: www.usmarshals.com
Kiddie Movie: Ehh, nothing really that bad.
Date Movie: If she wants to go.
Gratuitous Sex: Would have helped.
Gratuitous Violence: Not really. Some bloody scenes, but nothing that bad.
Action: A couple of good scenes.
Laughs: Yea, like why does the bad guy involve his girlfriend?
Memorable Scene: Nope.
Memorable Quote: Chief Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard ask a bunch of swamp locals "Which one of you is the most inbred country son of a bitch out here?" It fit the scene perfectly.
Directed By: Stuart Baird
Produced By: Arnold and Anne Kopelson

U.S. Marshals
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:13 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
In "The Fugitive," you had Chief Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) chasing after Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), a fugitive who had no previous experience of being in hiding, only leaving clues when necessary, and searching for the person who set him up. In "U.S. Marshals" you have Gerard chasing after Mark Sheridan (Wesley Snipes), a fugitive who is a marine with special training, with lots of disguises, excellent marksmanship skills, and searching for the person who set him up. For a man with so much training to be elusive, Sheridan sure could take a lesson or two from Kimble because he left enough clues on his way to New York City that a bloodhound with a stuffed-up nose could have found him.

The story of "U.S. Marshals" kinda goes like this: Gerard, smartly dressed in a chicken suit, catches some bad guys, but because he bashed the dudes head in, Gerard is made to take the convict plane with the dude with the headache for publicity reasons. Unfortunately for him Sheridan was on the same plane, the plane crashes, and Sheridan runs away. Enter John Royce (Robert Downey, Jr.), a government special agent man who is appointed to Gerard's crack team of bad-guy catchers. Gerard isn't happy about it, but deals with it, and we find out his real reason for being on the team later in the movie. Anyway, Sheridan runs away, Gerard and team aren't really hot on his trail, but Sheridan leaves those clues on his way that our boys (and girl) find themselves in the Big Apple. So, now you've got some chase scenes that take you through the streets of NYC (although some of the scenes were actually filmed in Chicago), into a cemetery, into an nursing home/hospital, to a boat, and back in a hospital. And even though in new places, it really seemed like these things have been done before, and they have, in a better movie called "The Fugitive."

Although not trying to call itself a sequel to "The Fugitive," everyone knows it is, and the pairing of Jones vs. Snipes doesn't come close Jones vs. Ford. Jones vs. Ford made us care for both characters - we felt for Gerard because from the get-go we knew he was just doing his job, and Kimble made us cheer for him because we knew he was innocent and wanted him to prove it. But, in the Jones vs. Snipes title fight, Gerard is still just doing his job and we're used to that, while Sheridan's innocence is continually questioned. So, in "U.S. Marshals," we don't really have anyone to root for.

In the end "U.S. Marshals" isn't a bad movie, but it just doesn't reach that level of suspense and action that "The Fugitive" did. The airplane crash was pretty cool, Gerard still has some great lines and makes fun of the small town sheriff people, and for me, it's always fun watching a movie that was filmed where I live, able to say "I know where that is." But, in the end, I guess this movie can be summed up best by a couple of guys who were leaving the film in front of me. One guy said "It wasn't bad, but it kind of dragged." His buddy said, "Yea, it did."

So, from me, I'm giving "U.S. Marshals" 2 out of 5 stars. Maybe wait for video on this one, or catch it at the cheap theater.

And that's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right! L8R!!

 

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