Mad City (1997)

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Mad City (1997)
  • Time: 115 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Costa-Gavras
  • Cast: John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Kirshner, Alan Alda

Storyline:

Sam Baily, upset over losing his job, takes a natural history museum hostage. Max Brackett, journalist, is in the museum when this occurs, and gets the scoop. The story spreads nation wide, and soon it is all anyone talks about. The story itself is the news, not the reason why or the real people behind it.

One review

  • I love Dustin Hoffman. He is an actor who will rarely sell you short (not pun intended) he is fantastic in everything I have seen him in, from ‘Marathon Man’ and ‘Kramer V’s Kramer’ his Oscar winning turn in ‘Rain Man’ or ‘Mr Magoriums Wonder Emporium’ and ‘Tootsie’. He is always a delight to watch, and the fact that he teams up with A popular again (thanks to ‘Pulp Fiction’) John Travolta should have made this immediate viewing. But for some reason this movie escaped me.

    And the main reason is probably Travolta, I liked him growing up thanks to ‘Grease’, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and ‘Look Who’s Talking’ but as I entered my teens I became bored of him, I thought his turn in ‘Pulp Fiction’ was over rated, and although I enjoyed ‘Phenomenon’ nothing else I’d seen him in convinced me otherwise.

    An out of favour reporter (Hoffman) is sent to a Museum to cover a “bit of fluff” story and finds himself in the middle of a great story when a sacked security guard (Travolta) takes some visiting children hostage.

    Of the supporting cast Robert Prosky was solid as Hoffman’s boss, and Mia Krishner as his ambitious protégé Laurie is OK. Alan Alda is as wonderful as he always is as the egotistical anchorman.

    Hoffman is as reliable as you’d expect as the reporter who manipulates the situation up help revive his career. But Travolta is the star here, his likable, every man who is down on his luck has you rooting for him, despite the fact that he is holding children hostage at gunpoint.

    Given the talent on show I’m surprised this failed to find an audience.

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