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Reporting on THE PEACEMAKER. The first film from Dreamworks SKG-- you know, that studio from those guys-- is, well, one, long chase scene. Nicole Kidman and George Clooney go through the requisite motions as a pair of nuclear weapons experts, trotting the globe in search of stolen Russian warheads, one of which ends up in a Bos- nian backpack, bound for the Big Apple. Kidman, as a brunette (!), plays the presidential adviser who's in charge, while Clooney bobs along as a Special Forces officer who pretends she isn't. And while neither delivers the star performance that's expected, they do have enough chemistry to keep their scenes interesting. (Just ignore their idiotic repartee at the outset. Once people begin to die around them, they shut up and get serious. And, believe it or not, actually grieve.) More importantly, both are able to stay in step with director Mimi Leder's relentlessly brisk pacing. This is a movie that *moves*, man, and isn't afraid to sacrifice such trivialities as character development, plot complexity, or humor. (The grim business of counter-terrorism is periodically lightened-- a "Baywatch" joke here, an American Online gag there.) At least the action is ter- rific. Four superbly staged sequences are the real reasons to plop down $6.50: the nighttime hijacking of a moving choo choo, a car chase/demolition derby/Mercedes Benz product plug, a helicopter at- tack on a truckload of bad guys, and, the grand finale, where every available agency converges on a handful of Manhattan city blocks during rush hour. It's chaos of the finest order-- marred only by a Dreaded Flashback to the villain's past. And, of course, the LOL realization that the bomb's ten-minute timer has been ticking for, oh, at least twenty minutes. Heh. (Rated "R"/122 min.) Grade: B- Copyright 1997 by Michael J. Legeros Movie Hell is a trademark of Michael J. Legeros
Originally posted to triangle.movies as Movie Hell: Making Peace.