Yes, it's in 3-D. No, that's not a reason to see it. And if it's not worth seeing for the novelty value of old-fashioned 3-D photography, there there's really no reason to take in this shoddy thriller about news cameraman Jay Fleming (Thomas Dunne) and his
quest to clear his name after he's accused of murdering government antiterrorist witness Anne Sommers (Dina Ipavic). New York is under siege by a multinational gang of four played by actors (Rudolf Martin, David Paterson, Anthony Michaels, Susan Heinrich) who prove incapable of maintaining their
Russian/German/Irish/ accents for more than one sentence at a time, though they do manage to blow up the Circle Line and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel through the miracle of creative editing. All manner of things are thrust and thrown at the lens, none of which distracts from the fact that there's
nothing interesting going on. This technically ambitious production is terribly undermined by the threadbare script, sadly underdressed sets (Fleming's station looks like a high-school TV lab) and painfully amateurish performances, even though it's a veritable three-ring circus of stunt casting.
Adam West (TV's Batman) and the late Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors (looking a bit out of it), both of whom appear in small roles, make up the professional contingent, while such low-level "celebrities" as the Rev. Al Sharpton, former NYC Mayor Edward I. Koch and passe crimefighter Curtis
Sliwa (founder of the Guardian Angels) appear in cameos. Richard W. Haines, who once worked at Troma and has made three previous features, is a movie buff with an unimpeachable, scholarly interest in film technology (he's the author of a well-reviewed history of the Technicolor process) that does
not translate into the ability to make watchable movies.
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: NR
- Review: Yes, it's in 3-D. No, that's not a reason to see it. And if it's not worth seeing for the novelty value of old-fashioned 3-D photography, there there's really no reason to take in this shoddy thriller about news cameraman Jay Fleming (Thomas Dunne) and his… (more)