Hudson Hawk (1991)

MICHAEL LEHMANN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1991.  TriStar Pictures, Silver Pictures, Ace Bone.  Story by , , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

You’re better off watching a spoof of action movies like Hot Shots than watching a lame action film that tries to be funny and never succeeds. Bruce Willis plays an ex-con who has just been released from prison after ten years and intends to live a totally clean, straightforward life. His past is still working against him, and he finds himself caught in another dangerous situation when an art-obsessed couple (, Richard E. Grant) instruct him to help them steal a couple of Leonardo DaVinci originals or else they’ll kill his friend (Danny Aiello). None of the characters are especially memorable, though Bernhard does manage to get a few kicks of out playing a whiny psychobitch (she did it better for Scorsese in The King Of Comedy) while wearing Marilyn Vance-Straker’s colourful costumes. Otherwise the film is a complete dud, with totally forgettable action sequences and lowbrow comedy abounding everywhere. Even Bruce can’t help but be embarrassed by it (it’s right up there with Colour Of Night in the So Bad They’re Not Even So Bad They’re Good category).

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