U.S. Marshals (1998)

U.S. MARSHALS isn't arresting.  In a spent nutshell, this sequel-
that's-closer-to-a-spin-off-that's-more-like-a-remake of THE FUGI-
TIVE gets less and less compelling as it goes.  The first half of 
the first half is okay.  Editor-turned-director Stuart Baird (EXEC-
UTIVE DECISION) stages one heck of a good plane crash, landing a 
727 on a rural road and plunging it into the Ohio River.  And, on a 
procedural level at least, the mechanics of the resulting manhunt 
are certainly engaging.  As the story moves forward, though, nei-
ther a strong cast nor a bumper crop of action sequences can do 
much for the increasingly convoluted and cliched script.  (Tommy 
Lee Jones' character out for revenge?  Groan.)  By the unaffecting 
(and, in a way, unbelievable) ending, you couldn't care less.  With 
Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Kate Nelligan, 
and Irene Jacob.  (Rated "PG-13"/133 min.)

Grade: C-

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