The Saint (1997)

PHILLIP NOYCE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1997.  , .  Story by , Screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh, , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Elisabeth Shue and Val Kilmer in The Saint

 gets to play hundreds of different characters in this dull caper and yet he’s incredibly boring in every single one. As the title character, a clever thief with many disguises who does jobs for many international organizations, he is enlisted to steal the formula for cold fusion that has been discovered by an earnest scientist (Elisabeth Shue) who has far too much time to do her hair while saving the world. Shue’s character wants to give this technology to the world free of charge because she believes it’s for the people, but greedy corporations want to capitalize on its possibilities. Kilmer takes on the job until he unwittingly falls for the innocent young lass, thus embroiling himself in a game that now has too many sides to be safe for anyone involved. Kilmer is a very selfish performer, uninterested in sharing his personal emotional discoveries with his audience, and this aloof quality keeps the film from being enjoyable or involving.

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