Deadly Impact (To Live and Die) Reviews
(2009) Deadly Impact
Super low budget and straight to rental reusing the same formula that was made famous on the 1994 movie "Speed", except that the roles are changed with Sean Patrick Flannery as Tom redoing the Keanu Reeves role as the officer assigned to the case, and Joe Pantoliano as David redoing the Dennis Hopper role as the professional terrorist bomber threatening the lives of Los Angeles especially to the people Tom cares about! This film is stupid beyond belief especially when it seems that only a specific amount of people are involved with solving the bomber without involving more officers or people says alot about it's budget. And the second rate acting makes it all the more unbearable.
Like the movie itself this film is a
Bomb or zero stars
The director Robert Kurtzman adds a little spice with hottie Carmen Serano as an FBI agent. Kurtzman gets all that he can get out of the actors and then some. The music is awesome as well as the special effects. A lot of action, good pace and solid ending.
Director Robert Kurtzman ("Wishmaster"), more generally known as the FX maestro behind scores of films (often in the horror genre), brings his vision to the script of Alex Vesha, who knows something about tense situations, psychotic (but brilliant) killers and bomb scares. There are more than a handful of moments here where lives are on the line -- sometimes hundreds. Eat your heart out, Jack Bauer.
While the lead role of Armstrong (Sean Patrick Flanery) has to be admired, there's no denying that Joe Pantoliano steals the show as The Lion. Menacing, devious, a master of disguise... he's a perfect casting choice for a villain. Despite decades in acting (including "The Goonies", "The Matrix" and "The Sopranos"), he still hasn't really achieved the notoriety he deserves. This probably will not be the film that breaks him into the top tier, but that day is coming. Watch out, Kevin Spacey.
I have to say I'm not really keen on the romantic aspects, and there is some slowness in general where the piano music kicks in. I understand the importance of the romance and relationships in this one, but there is a break in the pace that I think ultimately works against the fast action of the movie. I cannot really offer a solution of how to reconcile the need for romance and the pace, though, so I think the best was done with what they had. I would have replaced the romantic interest with a platonic partner or boss, but that's just me.
It's a story seen before in the movies, a policeman vs a smart assassin bomber. Theres some alright action in the movie and it is overall entertaining. I like how Pantoliano portays his character. Theres nothing really special that stands out in the movie though, to make it better than other movies with same story. But it has a nice tempo and kept me entertained.