This is a..odd film to watch. Biggest reason being it's based off a book that is actually REALLY REALLY Good. As some people may or may not know the film is based off a novel written by Roburt Ludlum (The author of the Bourne Trilogy) so naturally this film gets some recognition because of that.(It also gets some for the fact that it was the first film to ever have a laser sight on a weapon,useless fact I know)
As I said though this is an odd film to review because every time I think of the film or see it listed on TV I go 'Awesome the Osterman Weekend. I loved that book," But then when I see the film I'm reminded how disappointing the film was. And the biggest reason this happens to me is again because of the book. It's concept is so interesting that the mear sound of the concept makes you go "Damn this would make a good film"
Concept:John Tanner, the host of an investigative news show, is convinced by a CIA agent that the friends he has invited to a weekend in the country are engaged in a conspiracy, called Omega, that threatens national security. But then everything John Tanner thinks he knows about his closest friends is overturned, and he is set against them. But when Omega finally reveals itself, he realizes that he has been manipulated from the very start. Like..HOW COOL Does that sound? it TOTALLY sounds like it would make a great film. Sadly it isn't a good film.
I think the major reason this film failed is the length. The film takes a 300+ page book and turns it into an 1hr and 40 some min film. Like that ALONE makes the film not really close to the book(Now YES i Know that the book is long and etc and you can't add everything but I think you can make a film closer to it's source material in just over 2hrs.)
The other MAJOR problem is the plot holes,which are thanks to the length maybe, but they happen so often and can't keep the story together that it ruins the experience. I'm going to quote Roger Ebert on this he said it best "I don't demand that all movies make sense. I sometimes enjoy movies that make no sense whatsoever, if that's their intention. But a thriller is supposed to hold together in some sort of logical way, isn't it?" and well...Isn't is? This film..NOT AT ALL. It makes no sense at all . I think the only reason it's really worth watching is if it's on TV or you want to see some interesting action scenes(which are few and far between).
In closing it's a real shame this film is as bad as it is. I guess it goes back to that age old story that you can never make a film better or as good as the original source material.
In closing this is a disappointing film. It's not a BAD film per say. Yes it has LOT'S of plot holes but the performances by Dennis hooper and John Hurt and Rutger Hauer make the film worth watching but they can't really save the film. If you've read the book you'll look at this film probably with distastes and hatred. If you haven't you'll probably find some enjoyment in the film but not enough to really warent watching it alot. If you want a good movie by the man that originally wrote the book(Roburt Ludlom) stick to the BOurne Trilogy.