Desperate Hours


Desperate Hours

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The Desperate Hours directed by Michael Cimino, is an attempt to remake the Humphrey Bogart classic of the same name with indifferent results. Bosworth (Mickey Rourke), a brutal criminal on the run with his partners, takes over a house occupied by an unhappily married couple Nora (Mimi Rogers) and Tim (Anthony Hopkins) and their young son and daughter. Bosworth has escaped from jail with the help of his defense attorney Nancy Breyers (Kelly Lynch). The film focuses on the interactions of the family and Bosworth as he plans his escape to Mexico. Cimino wastes little time in developing the characters or explaining the implausible premise that Bosworth would chose an occupied house and hold an innocent family captive when the logical choice would be to lay low and wait for his chance to escape. Both Hopkins and Rourke, usually excellent actors, give wildly over-the-top performances, aided by the lurid, over-written dialogue of the screenplay and the badly paced, ill-conceived direction by Cimino, which instead of creating tension and suspense, simply confuses the already muddled and incomprehensible plot. The Desperate Hours is a pale example of the original with little to recommend it.


Critic Reviews for Desperate Hours

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Audience Reviews for Desperate Hours

  • May 24, 2010
    Desperate Hours plays like a deadly cat-and-mouse mind game.... It is downright eerie. i can best describe it as a thinking persons action thriller, but in its wild turns of the imagination, it is completely hypnotic!!!!.
    ♥Robyn Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2010
    This movie was great and very catchy. A married couple's home gets invaded by a group of criminals. The leader of the group is an escaped con who is trying to run from the law. The married couple has problems of their own as they are separated. Anthony Hopkins and Mickey Rourke were awesome as always, the movie wouldn't have been as good as it was if it weren't for these two talented actors.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2009
    Desire is the deadliest weapon of all.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2008
    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.
    Derek D Super Reviewer

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