The Specialist Reviews
The government taught him to kill. Now he's using his skills to help a woman seek revenge against the Miami underworld.
With loads of big explosions and fight scenes combined with an erotic shower scène (well Sharon Stone is in it and we expect that lol), it's certainly worth a one time watch.
So here's the score, you got Sly VS Woods, wonderful face off. Sharon just gets in the way trying to be a sex symbol that only seems to look like she escaped from some rehab clinic and thinks she still has it. Sly plays the good guy who uses his powers for good, Woods, his teachers/mentor/pimp-daddy, is the guy who plays a mercenary like they should be. Much like the guns of the old west you got James working for a shady drug/mob/punk guy. James is called in to help counteract what Sly is doing as he helps the mental midget Stone get free of the bad mans grasp. The explosions and their use are the real stars of the film. Special effects and the science behind it all makes it a great watch. The story isn't anything new or shocking but it still is enough to hold the attention of most.
Silverster Stallone plays the usual role of a tough and clever assassin. Sharon Stone did pretty well too, though I haven't seen many of her films so can't compare this role to her other ones. The acting by James Woods impressed me a lot actually.
Overall it's an OK film, that maybe you just watch 1-2 times because then this film doesn't provide anything special for the rewatching.
An ex-girlfriend calls her ex-boyfriend and claims to have had her family killed by the mafia. The ex-boyfriend is a former bomb expert for a tactical force but he has retired. He reluctantly begins helping the girl only to find himself caught between the mafia and police officers working for the mafia.
"You know, the next time you order a hit you might want to consider taking out your decorator."
Luis Llosa, director of Sniper, Anaconda, Fire on the Amazon, The Feast of the Goat, and Crime Zone, delivers The Specialist. The storyline for this picture is very straightforward and unimaginative. The action scenes are just okay and the characters are mediocre. The cast delivers average performances and the cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Eric Roberts, and Rod Stieger.
"Anybody shoots and I shoot them."
I recently came across this on Netflix and decided to watch it again for the first time in a long time. I never thought this was anything special and having watched it again...I now know why. Overall, this is a very average addition to the action genre.