Unlawful Entry Reviews
The fight between Kurt Russell and Ray Liotta is awesome!
Downright bone chilling, a ruthless display of insane obsession that will leave you gasping for air. A deeply twisted and flat out frightening psychological thriller that knows no bounds. Unlawful entry is a brutal mad house filled with psychological anarchy, sure fire terror and gripping suspense throughout, it's a seriously dark, but magnificently effective head game. Director Jonathan Kaplan crafted a completely over the top, yet astoundingly gripping film that will absolutely pin you to your seat. It's thrilling, it's chilling, it disturbing, it's violent, it's absorbing and it keeps you on your feet throughout, this is how psychological horror thriller is made, Unlawful Entry scared the hell out of me and kept me on my toes, Kaplan and company keep the pedal to the medal the entire way through and don't let off until the credits roll.
Kurt Russell does well throughout, and Ray Lotta gives an insanely convincing and straight up menacing villainous role. Madeleine Stowe is superb as well. A wickedly intense and jaw droppingly suspenseful powerhouse.
Russell is convincing as the 'every man' having to deal with the always enjoyable and underrated Ray Liotta, as a crazed and envious cop. It is their interactions that really make the film watchable, and helps sell the more absurd elements of the narrative.
The direction also does a good job of keeping the film tensely paced, with scene construction that builds up the suspense well. The script is adequate from the standpoint that, while we know where the script is headed, it manages to keep enough surprises in store that we stay engaged. At the same time, the overall set-up strains believably--how can Madeleine Stowe's character possibly be so dumb and naive? How could others in the department not notice the unhinged and impulsive Officer Davis (Liotta)? There are simply too many holes and logical leaps to make Unlawful Entry anything more than a B level-thriller. But taken on those terms, it's enjoyable enough, successfully playing on some of our worst fears (wrongful arrest, the system out to get us), and doing so in a generally effective way.