The Specialist (1994)

LUIS LLOSA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

Peru/USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Jerry Weintraub Productions, Iguana Producciones.  Screenplay by , suggested by the Specialist novels by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

If you miss the good old days of Sylvester Stallone in movies like Cobra and Rambo, you’ll have a great time watching this collection of big bombs and naked breasts.  Sharon Stone enlists Sly’s help to avenge her parents after she saw them murdered in front of her as a child. The parties responsible, a Cuban mob family led by Rod Steiger and son Eric Roberts, have no idea who she is when she starts romancing Roberts and pumping info to Stallone on the side. Little does our musclebound hero know that she is also working with a former colleague of his (James Woods) who wants to do away with him for good. The entire thing is preposterous, but delightfully so, and the many special effects are excellent if a bit overdone. Of the many bad movies that Stone was making at this particular time in her career (Intersection, Sliver), this one features her looking and performing her best (though thankfully Casino wasn’t far behind).

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