ratraceIf you've been looking for a movie that combines the comic talents of John Cleese, Jon Lovitz, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green and Dave Thomas, then you need to look somewhere other than Rat Race, the 2001 race-to-video release from the infamous, malformed Jerry Zucker.

I'll be back.  As soon as I need another $10 million.As far as clone movies go, I suppose The Sixth Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest little vehicle, is as good as any.  It's like Michael Keaton's Multiplicity went cyberpunk and found a plausible background, but then decided it wanted to be an action movie after all and just started exploding electric squibs all over the place.  The overall effect was disappointing, especially since it had  a relatively credible beginning premise.

I'll be honest with you; I'm a fan of devil movies.  I liked Al Pacino in "The Devil's Advocate," loved all of the "Omens," and I'm a big fan of "The Crow" franchise (happened on "Devil Night" remember?).  So my expectations for "Bedazzled" with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley were high, almost surely a sign of imminent disappointment. I thought to myself: "How can you go wrong with a sexy devil and wimpy guy?"  Well, as it turns out there are lots of ways.

Freejack... keep the pepto close at hand.I'll admit to being a big fan of cyberpunk literature and film. I admire pioneers like William Gibson and Walter Williams who pushed science fiction to become socially relevant again after much neglect. I also admire far looking directors like Spielberg (Minority Report), Luc Besson (Fifth Element) and James Cameron (Strange Days, Terminator, Aliens), who all immersed us in their original and inspired visions of a realistic near-future dominated by political and commercial interests clashing sometimes violently with culture. So you can imagine my complete disappointment with Freejack.

Life is but a dream.. for ammunition manufacturers.Andy and Larry Wachowski finally interpret in film the philosophical implications of the nursery rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat: "Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream."  Only with lots (and lots and LOTS) of bullets and a marketing machine that puts George Lucas to shame.


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