(out of 5)
Don’t listen to the mean old critics who tore Dreamworks Studios’ first production to pieces (or the box office results which didn’t exactly break the bank). While Mimi Leder’s first feature is far from the best action film you’ll ever see, you could do far worse. The surprise lies mostly in the fact that Michael Schiffer’s script is the antithesis of your usual action film writing: where most entries in the genre feature little character development and stunning action scenes, Schiffer’s work lets us get to know the heroes (in this case George Clooney and Nicole Kidman), but the action scenes don’t come off quite as well (the opening sequence is particularly boring). The main plot is about a terrorist expert (Kidman) who teams up with a stalwart army man (Clooney) to recover stolen nuclear weapons that a very bad Eastern European man wants to use against America (you’ll know when the bad guy is on because strains of balalaika suddenly start playing in the distance).
Directed by Mimi Leder
Cinematography by Dietrich Lohmann
Music by Hans Zimmer
Production Design by Leslie Dilley
Costume Design by Shelley Komarov
Film Editing by David Rosenbloom