Blown Away Reviews
I am not sure which is worse Tommy Lee Jones caricature like portrayal of an IRA bomber, or his horrible Irish accent.
Jeff Bridges character has an American accent, despite the fact we later find out that he was born and raised in Ireland. In the scene that Bridges reveals he was a former IRA member, he suddenly develops an Irish accent, but the accent leaves as quickly as it comes.
Forest Whitaker has shown himself to be a brilliant actor, winning the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in the King of Scotland, but in this film his acting is sloppy, laughable, and child like.
I was hoping this film was going to be a hidden gem, but it turned out to be nothing more than a lump of coal.
A police captain decides to retire from the force and try to live a normal life when trouble from his past arrives in the area and starts blowing things up. The serial bomber is tied to the captain's past and recently broke out of an Irish prison hell bent on revenge. The captain will have to come out of retirement to bring this demon down.
"Your daughter just got home."
Stephen Hopkins, director of A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Judgment Night, Predator 2, Lost in Space (1998), The Reaping, and The Ghost in the Darkness, delivers Blown Away. The storyline for this picture is pretty interesting and a unique addition to the action genre. The concept was fairly original and the acting was above average. The cast includes Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Suzy Amis, Lloyd Bridges, Forest Whitaker, and John Finn.
"I've come here to create a new country for you called chaos, and a new government called anarchy."
I saw this for the first time in Chicago at the movie theatres in 1994 with my aunt and uncle. I decided to watch this again off HBOGO recently. I always enjoyed this film and thought the concept was fairly cool (as was seeing Tommy Lee Jones with that Irish accent). This isn't a great flick but is a nice popcorn movie for a random Friday night.
"Balance in all things."