Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1993. Twentieth Century Fox, Great Movie Ventures. Story by Randall M. Badat, Danny Rubin, screenplay by Randall M. Badat, Kathleen Rowell. Cinematography by Steven Shaw. Produced by Robert Greenwald, David Matalon. Music by Graeme Revell. Production Design by Bernt Amadeus Capra. Costume Design by Fleur Thiemeyer. Film Editing by Eva Gardos.
Routine, tired premise is given a false new jolt by giving the leading lady a physical challenge. A hearing-impaired personal trainer (Marlee Matlin) inadvertently comes into possession of a rare, stolen coin. Now her life is in danger, and not even her dopey-faced restaurant-owning boyfriend (D.B. Sweeney) can do much to save her. Having a deaf heroine is certainly a leap forward for a Hollywood movie, and Matlin’s interesting personality gives the film a major edge that it doesn’t necessarily deserve, but it’s still as predictable as any film that follows the Wait Until Dark plotline. For once it might be nice to see a movie where a heroine gets into trouble for something she herself does wrong, as opposed to this Flight of The Innocent crap we’re constantly having shoved down our throats.