(1992) from Tuna
Split Second (1992) features Rutger Hauer reprising the
Nick Nolte role in 48 hours. It is London, early 21st century. London
is flooded due to global warming, pollution makes living difficult at
best, and the city is plagued by rats. A serial killer is loose, and
killed Hauer's partner, which sent Hauer off the deep end. Hauer has
been suspended, but, when the killer strikes again, ripping the heart
out of his victim, and eating half of it, then sending the rest to
Hauer at the police station, Hauer is reinstated and given a new
partner fresh from school, Dick Durkin (played by Neil Duncan). Durkin
is mostly there for comic relief, and does provide many of the high
points of the film. Hauer never really establishes a clear character,
but rather rants and rails about everything.
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Kim Cattrall plays Hauer's ex-partner's wife, whom
Hauer had an affair with in the past. We see her breasts when
interrupted in the shower by Hauer. Tina Shaw plays a nightclub
stripper, exposing her breasts and buns.
I was not impressed. Hauer was in every scene, and
didn't really take the character anywhere. It was no great surprise
that the killer wasn't human, and, while long on atmosphere, the film
was light on suspense.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-.
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