Striking Distance (1993)
Striking Distance is stylistically a typical early 1990s thriller for better or worse, with recognizable good/bad dichotomy, self-willed and unruly police detectives and a crudely engaging TV-style narrative. The plot here is rather good. It is predictable, yes, but it is also beguilingly constructed and slowly thickens around Bruce Willis' sympathetic protagonist. With a more subtle and apt direction job, the film could have been a taut thriller, but after having excelled in some great action and chase scenes (notably the car chase in the opening act), director Rowdy Herrington completely messes up his own work during a coarse and tasteless finale in which Robert Pastorelli gets unrestricted opportunity to ruin the film with his wild overacting and preposterous psychological profiling.