Body Count Release Date: 28 April 1998 (USA) Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama Director(s): Robert Patton-Spruill Writer(s): Theodore Witcher Starring: David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, John Laguizamo, Ving Rhames, Donnie Whalberg, Forest Whitaker I get the feeling that when Body Count was picked up for distribution by Dimension, the producers were given the idea that […]

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Body Count
Release Date: 28 April 1998 (USA)
Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
Director(s): Robert Patton-Spruill
Writer(s): Theodore Witcher
Starring: David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, John Laguizamo, Ving Rhames, Donnie Whalberg, Forest Whitaker

I get the feeling that when Body Count was picked up for distribution by Dimension, the producers were given the idea that it may be released theatrically. With a cast full of ‘name’ supporting actors, Body Count very well could have been. The movie itself, on the other hand, is so far from deserving that release that Harvey Weinstein and company were likely chuckling from the onset at the prospect of actually letting mainstream critics go at this film. So to home video it went, with the actors surely taking it off their resume shortly thereafter.

In short, it’s a second-rate Reservoir Dogs. A group of five criminals pull of a daring art heist, which we see in flashbacks, and the movie follows them as they try to stay inconspicuous during their getaway. The relatively level-headed Hobbs (Caruso) leads the whole thing, and it’s a difficult task. First, they have to place one of their accomplices in their trunk when he breaks his neck. Second, they pick up a female (Fiorentino) that they have to keep silent during some difficult times. Lastly, there is the most annoying of the problems, a wacky John Leguizamo. Leguizamo’s Chino character is a high strung fellow who snaps at anything and gets his partners in crime into many of the situations that Hobbs has to rectify. Leguizamo is in full blown, mile-a-minute mode here, and if he wasn’t suffering from nose bleeds during or after the production I’d be shocked. Caruso, in stark contrast, underacts his part.

If there’s anything that saves Body Count from being the absolute dregs, it’s the brutality that director Spruill has the characters to display. The movie picks up when the characters get violent. Even then, however, it’s never full blown entertaining.

Some have derived a lot of enjoyment from this crowd, as is evident by the many positive fan reviews at IMDb, but I was not one of them.

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Carmen Walker

Where can this movie be purchased??

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K-Pax

you can find this movie @amazon

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