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Medicine Man

Medicine Man

(1992)
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

How could a really good director disappoint me. Before this, John McTiernan gave us classics such as Die Hard and Predator, I have not seen The Hunt for Red October yet so I can't personally say if I think it is a good movie yet, but it would have to be better than Medicine Man. I looked and saw the bad reviews before I watched this, but I was still optimistic about this and kept an open mind and I didn't compare it with his other good movies and I thought maybe this would be just average, but I was still really let down by what I had been given with this film. I thought everything that I saw on screen could have been done in a better and more interesting way. The very beginning of the film, I was interested to see what would go down and as the movie went on, the story, plot, and pacing really dragged on, became boring, and I became less and less interested in the film as it went on. The script and dialogue could really have been improved upon and throughout the film I cared less and less about the characters. Lorraine Bracco who I loved in GoodFellas, became more and more annoying and unlikeable as the movie went on and I felt sorry for her being in this big disappointment and I wished I could have been more invested in her character. John McTiernan, what happened with you here? I really respect you as a filmmaker and you could have done so much more with this story and actually gave me characters I could really get behind and make things more interesting. Another thing that really bugged me about this movie was the dvd transfer, I thought it looked like crap and was lazily put together, I could have enjoyed the scenery and cinematography more if the dvd transfer was better done, I have seen dvds of movies that were older than this that looked far better. Reading the movie info on the back of the dvd case saying it had "thrilling, nonstop excitement" and throughout the whole movie I was asking myself, Where is the excitement?, and for me it was nowhere to be found here and the reviews on the dvd cover tell lies in my opinion. Besides all the bad things that brought the movie down, there are 2 positives I can still name. I thought the premise sounded really intriguing and it gave me a gleamour of hope that it could be a good movie and the last positive I have is Sean Connery's presence. He showed a little heart to his character and he was just a bit enjoyable to watch on screen, but he was still wasted here and he could have been given better material to work with.

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