3:15, The Moment Of Truth

Filmed in 1984, but released two years later, 3:15, THE MOMENT OF TRUTH is an uneven film that plays like a cross between THE WARRIORS and HIGH NOON. Jeff Hannah (Adam Baldwin) is a member of the Cobras, a tough street gang run by Cinco (Danny De La Paz). Tired of the gang life, Jeff quits and settles down to a fairly normal high school existence. He has...read more

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Filmed in 1984, but released two years later, 3:15, THE MOMENT OF TRUTH is an uneven film that plays like a cross between THE WARRIORS and HIGH NOON. Jeff Hannah (Adam Baldwin) is a member of the Cobras, a tough street gang run by Cinco (Danny De La Paz). Tired of the gang life, Jeff quits

and settles down to a fairly normal high school existence. He has a loyal girl friend (Deborah Foreman) and appears to have gang days. Cinco now controls the school, but the principal (Rene Auberjonois) is determined to put an end to Cinco's domination. He arranges for a surprise bust during

school hours, and Cinco and his boys are arrested. But during all the confusion, a rumor circulates that Jeff is a police informant, and Cinco marks the former gang member as a dead man. Director Larry Gross' ending is suspenseful, but events leading up to this climactic confrontation lack any

real magnetism. The film would also have benefited from a more consistent sense of visual style. Baldwin, though a bit too old for his part, is strong in the lead, and De La Paz is appropriately psychotic as the villain. Foreman's character seems unfocused, while Auberjonois is decidedly

annoying.

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