Desperate Hours Reviews
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
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.
Anthony Hopkins (hostage husband)
Mickey Rourke (escaped killer)
Mimi Rogers (wife of Hopkins)
Kelly Lynch (lawyer and 'lover'? of Rourke)
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
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.