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Desperate Hours Reviews

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August 27, 2016
Desperate Hours is a better film than its initial critical reception would imply, but still a flawed and uneven one. This is like Michael Cimino's career, at times brilliant, at other times pedestrian.
½ September 19, 2015
This movie makes absolutely no scence.
½ January 18, 2015
Intrigante thriller de un director no muy valorado Michael Cimino.
½ January 30, 2014
Neat. Sort of makes you pine for the film they used during that era, which provides a dream like quality to the viewing.
October 13, 2013
With a lackluster screenplay supported by out-of-place acting, visual flaws and an obvious low budget, Desperate Hours lacks absolutely any sign of artistic vision Michael Cimino used in The Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate, and what is left is a low-budget drama without hope.

To quote Mickey Rourke, "Michael is the sort of person that if you take away his money he short-circuits" and that's the flaw here. Michael Cimino is an artist, not an independent filmmaker. Without a sizable budget he can't enhance his artistic vision, and this is not a film of that caliber. This film could have been done better, it just needed a different director. When compared to Rourke and Cimino's previous collaboration Year of the Dragon, at least Year of the Dragon had a decent series of filming locations and better signs of hope, two things that could have made Desperate Hours better.

Another flaw is the cheap cinematography and the flawed musical score. I guess the only good part is that the intensity in the end is good and Mickey Rourke gets more and more out of control, but the whole time Anthony Hopkins is Hollow, which is disappointing considering that he's another Oscar winner. However, all that being said at least the movie comes together at the end
August 18, 2013
I don't remember this that well, but like the cast. I could see it again. Obviously it didn't blow me away the first time though.
April 20, 2013
Anything that stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Mickey Rourke can't be bad
October 23, 2012
A pretty good movie with very good acting. I think the ending was kinda corny due to the music but still a good movie.
½ August 27, 2012
Nothing wrong with the acting here - or the director, for that matter - but the film just kind of plods along at an uneven pace. I loved this movie years ago, but just can't seem to get into it nowadays. Still, Mickey Rourke is the epitome of cool as escaped murderer Michael Bosworth.
½ May 4, 2012
Intense et stressant jusqu'a la derniere minute. La scene de fin entre Rourke et Hopkins est d'une extreme puissance.
January 4, 2012
This movie was ok. It didnt have enough of a story to it. Just some bad guy and his friends break into a house to hide out in for a while? Weird!
½ October 22, 2011
Tense, well acted thriller.
½ June 8, 2011
"La maison des otages"
April 10, 2011
It's a good movie. Not as good as the original,but good
March 16, 2011
Average remake that doesn't seem able to hold itself together despite its strong cast. In an effort to recreate a previous film made thirty-five years before it, this thriller is generally senseless on the whole and leaves obvious plot holes in its wake.
January 9, 2011
Although the plot is still good, Rourke is no Bogie. The original is far better.
½ November 14, 2010
Gripping movie from the start to finish. While hostage movies are a dime a dozen, this one is really fine. Michael Cimino has captured exactly what it takes to be held hostage.
Not just good, a great movie worthy of watching more than once.

Remake of the Bogart 'Desperate Hours', this one can entertain just as well.

The RT critics and members have done this film a terrible injustice. Its not a rotten, not a rotten at all. Against what standard do these fools hold a movie? Do they believe crap is a 100 and epic is 0% ? More often than not they do. I ask you, this rating stuff is insufferable.

In this suspenseful thriller, Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) is an escaped killer who forces his way into a family's home while waiting for his accomplice to take him to Mexico. Also featuring Mimi Rogers and Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs).

What does the rating membership want from a movie? Here we have a film that is incredibly tense and attention getting from the start. Well acted, shot and everything. But it's judged a rotten?

Watch Desperate Hours for yourself. Fantastic, with a near all star cast.

Director and Producer Michael Cimino (The Deerhunter) has done A+ work here.
Producer Dino De Laurentis does it again.


Cast
Anthony Hopkins (hostage husband)
Mickey Rourke (escaped killer)
Lindsay Crouse
Elias Koteas
Mimi Rogers (wife of Hopkins)
Kelly Lynch (lawyer and 'lover'? of Rourke)


Crew
Director: Michael Cimino (The Deerhunter)
Producer: Michael Cimino

Line Producer: Mel Dellar
Producer: Dino De Laurentis
Costume Designer: Charles DeCaro
Art Director: Patricia Klawoon
Screenplay: Joseph Hayes
Screenplay: Lawrence Konner
Composer: David Mansfield
Cinematographer: Douglas Milsome
Screenplay: Mark Rosenthal
Editor: Christopher Rouse
October 16, 2010
Not bad but could have been much better!
June 15, 2010
Desperate indeed. A collection of fine actors including Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins and David Morse are gathered here for this home invasion thriller which looks cheap and fails to really live up to the promise it could have held.
Rourke is the criminal who decides to hide out in Hopkin's family home after escaping from jail, not counting on the tenacity of his hostages and the ineptitude of his comrades. It's aiming for a Hitchcock vibe which becomes obvious from the opening titles and music but the lack of tension and drama is this film's big problem, making the whole thing seem unbelievable.
Not once does Rourke display any sort of menace for the viewer to be scared of. His performance is a blur of slurred words and unconvincing mannerisms. Hopkins is almost as bad. His relationship with his wife and children is totally half hearted and implausible. At least David Morse and Elias Koteas are adequate as Rourke's henchmen. As for Kelly Lynch as Rourke's female accomplice, her only function seems to be to strut about having forgotten to do her shirt up and again, her relationship with Rourke feels very false.
Had the characters displayed some sort of chemistry, then Desperate Hours might have been able to make a bit more of itself. As it is, with the direction heading for snoozeville, it's an up hill struggle to really care about anything that's going on.
The finale is predictable and would have suited the original stage setting for the script, but falls flat on the screen.
Desperate Hours is a movie which has a couple of good performances saving it from the absolute awful, but it's littered with one dimensional characters doing nothing very exciting and the result is a couple of hours which desperate does not best describe.
½ June 13, 2010
Almost as overdramatic as a David Lynch film. Lindsay Crouse gives one of the worst acting performances I've ever seen, followed closely by Kelly Lynch.
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