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Bird on a Wire (1990)

Director:
John Badham
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Action/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Midt i siktet
RUNNING TIME
110 minutes
Producer:
Rob Cohen
Screenwriter:
Louis Vnosta
David Seltzer


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Rick Jarmin Mel Gibson
Marianne Graves Goldie Hawn
Eugene Sorenson David Carradine
Albert Diggs Bill Duke
Jow Weyburn Stephen Tobolowsky
Rachel Varney Joan Severance
Lou Baird Jeff Corey

 

Review

The action-comedy genre was arguably close to its zenith when John Badham took a trifling, almost unwritten script, assembled Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, and crossed his fingers that star power would suffice to make a good film. It doesn't quite, but to the extent that Bird on a Wire does work, it is because of Gibson and Hawn's charisma (if not chemistry), and a carefree and fun mood which makes this a partly enjoyable experience. When it is not enjoyable, however, it is excruciating, with tacky, tasteless action-scenes in which menacing, cardboard bad-guys keep spraying and chasing our ever-fleeing couple with a variety of guns and vehicles. It would have been ultra-violent had it not been for the fact that the bad-guys are clinically unable to hit their targets. If you enjoy an endless array of virtually plotless chases, Bird on a Wire will probably work all the way for you. If not, it offers the odd useful scene here and there and a handful of great laughs. Hawn looks incredibly good in one of her last films as an eye-catcher.

 

Copyright 7.8.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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