Nowhere to Run Reviews
(2003) Nowhere To Run
Jean Claude Van Dam stars as escaped convict taking the rap for someone's else's murder blah blah blah which is an excuse to showcase the action scenes and perhaps Van Dammes acting range, and as an action fan only "one" realistic memorable chase sequence reagarding a realistic motorcyle chase(obviously ridden by somebody else) which overshadows whatever else shown on here or most action movies Van Damme has ever done. Movie also stars Rosanna Arquette as the single mother imposing her problems on the Van Damme character.
3 out of 4
Dunston is an ex-cop from Cleveland, a genial but menacing guy who just wants to get his job done so he can go home. He's the kind of guy who uses card tricks as a tool to threaten people.
I know, right? How badass is that?
Levine plays this role with nuance and relish, and really holds his own during the final showdown with Van Damme. It's the kind of performance I miss when I watch more modern actioners, which usually forego actual actors in this role and cast some washed up UFC star. Or Channing Tatum.
I also hate Channing Tatum.
Over all i give this movie 3.5 out 5 stars.
The title is extremely generic, and the plot isn't much better as we've seen this same story in dozens of movies and television series. As a general rule of thumb, if the A Team has tackled the same story, maybe you should rethink it. The bad guys are equally disappointing, as is the lack of any real action. Robert Harmon could have used this as his comeback picture after letting us down several times after "The Hitcher", but that never really comes to fruition. He fails to generate a lot of excitement here.
And there seems to be a reel missing explaining just how and when Van Damme and Rosanna Arquette fall in love. He barely speaks two dozen words to her before they're all over each other, and he never really seems to warm up to her kids much either. There's a lot of sentiment here, but none of it seems very genuine. Maybe there's a director's cut somewhere that explains it all.
While it does show the Muscles from Brussels branching out some, the outcome of the problem is still resolved by his fists, and he relies too heavily on ridiculous, Schwarzenegger one-liners that fail miserably. "Nowhere to Run" is a film that I really wanted to like a lot more than I did. It never really gets off the ground.
au revoir sucker