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.
Sharon Stone was two years out of "Basic Instinct;" signing her on lead ensured a breath-taking box office rake, no matter what else the film contained. Stone's not acting here, and neither is Stallone. That's mostly due to the fact there's no meat on the bones of their characters. However they are both willing to show off every last PG body part with reckless and erotic abandon to earn their paychecks. Viewers shouldn't expect any satisfying steam; it's all tease. If this duo had actually tango-ed in the Fontainebleau Hotel scene, oh what a pairing it would have been. The DVD would still be selling as a cult classic today.
RECOMMENDATION: Leave it on the tube while you're doing afternoon household chores. Then take well-earned time-outs whenever Woods or Steiger speaks, Stone shows leg or Stallone takes off his shirt.