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Ricochet, a suspenseful, exciting police thriller that loses its way at the end, is the story of a good cop whose life is destroyed by an obsessed psychotic criminal whom he sent to prison years before. Nick (Denzel Washington) is a successful happily married police officer with a distinguished record. He is drugged, kidnapped and framed by Blake (John Lithgow) who has never forgiven him for arresting him years before. Nick must redeem himself both to the police force, his family and the public who had come to love and respect him. Denzel Washington is excellent in his role of the good man in an impossible situation. John Lithgow, while always interesting, is completely over-the-top as the psychotic criminal, and the film looses plausibility during an extended and highly improbable and unbelievable final chase sequence around the Watts Towers. Despite these flaws, Ricochet is an exiting suspense film with a fine performance by Washington and worth watching despite its disappointing conclusion. … More
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Critic Reviews for Ricochet
A taut, twisty urban suspenser powered by the spring-loaded performance of Denzel Washington in his first major action role, Ricochet has a nasty streak and a tendency toward implausible excess.
Mulcahy's slasher-thriller manages to be as entertaining as it is improbable and violent.
The screenplay, by Steven E. de Souza, contains many glib, obscene wisecracks, plus the misinformation that Anna Karenina was Tolstoy's first book.
As with other Silver-smithed projects, this one is almost frighteningly competent at bashing heads and pushing all the right buttons.
After a potent start this fizzles with a stupid ending, but John Lithgow's Earl Talbot Blake is one of the most sinister, most vicious, most unforgettable movie villains ever.
Every now and then a movie comes along that is so preposterous, so devoid of any reality or logic, you have to wonder how it got made.
Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick. And what's not sick is out-and-out preposterous.
Solid thriller. Lithgow is a great villain with real power over the hero. Lots of tension.
Spectacular, violent and wildly excessive urban actioner that may not be taking itself quite as seriously as first appears.
Audience Reviews for Ricochet
Can it really be 20 years ago this film hit the big screen? Denzel buddy you are getting old. The only bad thing about this movie is that it comes in Letterbox format. can someone tell me the reason behind this worthless format. The movie itself is one that put Denzel over the top. Don't thnk it would go over well in todays society with a half naked Dad running to a childrens program with a gun in his hand,, he'd be shot before he hit the stage no questions asked. Full of excitement and thrills amd John Lithgow is a crazy man. 4 Stars 2-17-13More
One of Washington's earlier performance, back when he obviously still had to resort to showing off his body and looks for the role. Not quite the standard of film we expect from the now popular Actor, but you can certainly see the beginnings of the Actor he has become today.
Personally I feel John Lithgow was a poor choice as co-star and this film could have been a lot better with a better quality of Actor.
I did enjoy the mind games and plot reminded me much of that of Cape Fear. Watchable, but felt very dated.
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