Blind Side Release Date: 1993 Genre: Thriller Director(s): Geoff Murphy Writer(s): John Carlen Starring: Rutger Hauer, Rebecca De Mornay, Ron Silver Rutger Hauer gets to act like a creep in Blind Side, so right off the bat the movie gets a 3. Married couple Doug (Silver) and Lynn Kaines (De Mornay) are on their way […]

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Blind Side
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Geoff Murphy
Writer(s): John Carlen
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Rebecca De Mornay, Ron Silver

Rutger Hauer gets to act like a creep in Blind Side, so right off the bat the movie gets a 3.

Married couple Doug (Silver) and Lynn Kaines (De Mornay) are on their way back from Mexico after visiting a potential new location for Doug’s furniture business. There is one problem though. On their way back to America Lynn slams her car into a Mexican police officer with such force that they can see a bone protruding from his corpse’s head. A frantic Lynn wants to immediately tell the police, but as Doug puts in a very stilted way, “They’ll put you in jail … This is Mexico.” After a brief tense moment where the two believe they’re going to be caught, they are passed through the border. It appears that they’re in the clear. That’s not the case, though, as a couple days later Jake Shell (Hauer) shows up on their doorstep. Posing a man from Mexico that just wants a job, it soon becomes readily apparent that Shell knows of their crime and wants much more than what they can offer. Doug and Lynn are faced with this dilemma, among others, as they try and find a way out of their dangerous predicament.

Blind Side’s success comes from two different areas. First, there’s John Carlen’s clever, well-written script that gives the characters involved genuine dialogue to speak. The characters are actually put into interesting situations with end results that actually intrigued me. The actors portraying these characters are also on their A game, with Hauer rocking out the awesomeness that we all expect from him, and De Mornay and Silver holding their end of the game as well.

Director Geoff Murphy doesn’t always succeed at bringing Carlen’s script to life. The second act is particularly bland. The attention I paid to the movie tended to go in and out because of this.

Worth a rental. This is especially true if you want to see why reviewers seem to always get creamy for Rutger Hauer.

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