Narrow Margin Reviews
the opening action sequence involving the helicopter chase is the most exciting then it takes a break from the chasing and shooting making it way to move from car to car on a train in Canada
it's all about keeping a witness safe from killers she saw murder her date
there's room for some character building for both of the leads which is fine
the last action scene at the end is less than stellar but there is a cool little twist that shows how much more scary the pursuit becomes
this is another example of how not coming forward can be very life-threatening
75% of the movie takes place on a train - which gets kind of boring because the movie script simply doesn't support that kind of inaction. While made in 1990 the script feels like something you would expect to find on tv in 1975. And that's exactly the problem - Narrow Margin should have been a made for tv movie but somehow it made its way to the "big" screen and on that stage it simply a let down.
Great suspense. You keep thinking -what will happen next!!!?
Thats the sign of a good suspense mystery.
I saw the original 1954 Narrow Margin after this, and it's great suspense too, but you can't overlook how solid this movie is.
Great acting, great story, tight script, effectively claustrophobic - I'm watching it now, it still holds up.
The opening chase, even before they get to the train, puts you in the action- right between Hackman and Archer on this rollercoaster.
I loved this movie from the first time I saw it, and it still holds up well.
*4 out of 5*
Films such as Capricorn One ,Running Scared and this reamke of the classic film noir really do pack a punch and deserve to be better known.
Here Gene Hackman plays an assiatant Da who decides to bring in a witness to a murder ,played by Anne Archer.
Unfortunately they are attacked on route and thier only respite is to catch a train heading towards Vancouver .
What follows is an egde of the seat thriller where the duo hide from some ruthless killers and try to work out who is on thier side and who not to trust.
Hyams really gets to grips with the action early on and the scenes on the train are deftly handled.
James B Sikking is top grade as a suave hitman and Hyams adds some nice twists and turns along they way.
Ok so its not a patch on the 1952 original but theres plenty to admire here