The Peacemaker

1997

The Peacemaker

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39%

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Total Count: 33

39%

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Macho maverick field colonel Thomas Devoe (George Clooney) and White House nuclear expert Julia Kelly (Nicole Kidman) team up to save Manhattan from a crazed terrorist who is threatening to blow up Manhattan with one of nine stolen Russian nuclear warheads unless the world pays more attention to the plight of people in Bosnia. First time feature film director Mimi Leder uses her experince helming episodes of the fast-paced NBC medical drama ER to create nonstop action sequences that begin with a train wreck and a nuclear explosion and do not end until the protagonists have chased their quarry around the world. The story's exciting climax occurs on the streets of East Manhattan.

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Critic Reviews for The Peacemaker

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Audience Reviews for The Peacemaker

  • Mar 16, 2015
    Outside of the unusual consideration given to the villain's perspective, there really isn't much of note here. Leder's a competent enough director to keep the movie mostly watchable, but it's just such a bland screenplay.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2012
    interesting film but just poorly paced. the film is just missing depth and the villain of the film isn't menacing. the real villains are dealt an unfair depature half way through the film. kidman is miscast and clooney while a good actor just can't overcome a clunky script. good for a night in but don't look for repeat viewings
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2011
    Pretty cool. Normally, I really hate George Clooney in anything, and I'm not partial to Nicole Kidman either, but they're both pretty good in this. One thing that gets The Peacemaker points in my opinion is the main antagonist. The guy plans to nuke major cities, but by the film's end, you actually find yourself sympathizing with him for what he's been through. Feeling this kind of empathy for a villain is often quite rare, though it's frequently attempted. Aside from this, all I can say is, The Peacemaker is probably worth your time...there's not much else noteworthy about it, but there's not much wrong with it, either.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2011
    The plot is nothing new. Some terrorists decides that New York must be eradicated to teach America a lesson so they steal some nukes and one of them (a revenge-obsessed Bosnian suicide bomber ) tries to set one off in NYC. Enter Dr Julia Kelly (Nicole Kidman) and Col. Tom Devoe (George Clooney). Kelly is a spunky US presidential advisor - attractive, smart and courageous - but one who has never seen combat or watched someone die. Devoe is a battle-hardened veteran. There is inevitable conflict between Kelly and Devoe but mercifully no romance between the two, who are in any case too busy saving the world from a nuclear bomb to get physical. The movie fails to satisfy due to many holes and non-credible series of events. Major Spoiler: I can't believe a nuke weapon will make it through international customs just because it was in a box marked "Diplomatic papers - Confidential". Then right at the end of the movie, why does the terrorist blow his brains out two minutes before the nuke goes off? That gives our heroes a few minutes to disarm the bomb!!!! Wouldn't he keep talking to push through those two minutes?
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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