The Presidio Reviews
Plus Connery, a young Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan, etc. Surprised ratings so low.
There is a pointless plot, that's either a subplot or co-plot involving Meg Ryan stuck in the middle between her father (Connery), and her love interest (Harmon). This also wasn't very interesting given they never seemed really engaged with each other.
One of the only good moments of this film is Connery's drunk monologue on top an apartment building, where he talks about his role as an officer and his experiences as a little boy coming to America; this one of the only few genuine moments. I feel like if the film had more of these bits of insight, it could've been something a little more than just a routine San Francisco Police Procedural.
"The Presidio" is on one hand a kind of classic Peter Hyams vehicle, with some serious fast paced action, but at the same time the plot/storyline is a bit too thin for being a fully satisfying Hyams movie. The love story between Austin and Donna feels more like a filler than an actual plot builder. Thus the triangle father/daughter/boyfriend takes up a bit too much screen time in my point of view and the crime story becomes a bit lost. Harmon is ok as Austin, but he´s never really been a leading man. Connery is not too shabby as Caldwell. And Meg Ryan is just that lovely Meg Ryan I fell in love with back in the 80s. I did read that Kevin Costner was actually signed for the Mark Harmon part before departing the project, much to the disappointment of Connery who had hoped to re-team with his costar from "The Untouchables". For me that would have been a lot more interesting choice for sure.
Sean Connery and Mark Harmon are OK in the lead roles. Decent support from Jack Warden and Meg Ryan.