U.S. Marshals (1998)

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U.S. Marshals (1998)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Stuart Baird
  • Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr.

Storyline:

When a prisoner transport plane crashes, one prisoner, Mark Sheridan, skillfully escapes and save lives at the same time. Deputy Sam Gerard and his team of U.S. Marshals pursue relentlessly, but Gerard begins to suspect that there is more to the exceptional fugitive than what he has been told. Meanwhile, Sheridan struggles to avoid capture while seeking answers of his own. Until the final scene, both Gerard and Sheridan are in jeopardy of the unknown.

One review

  • Let me start off by saying that “The Fugitive” is my personal favorite movie of all time. Tommy Lee Jones played an Oscar-winning role that was full of realism, wit, and intelligence. He plays that same character, Sam Gerard, in “U.S. Marshals,” but sadly it is just not the same. Rather than cracking some jokes and smiles here and there, Jones goes around frowning and barely talking during most of this film. Here the action scenes are overly intense and are not broken up by any of Jones’ jokes or wisecracks. In addition, there is nothing interesting about this plot that sets it apart from all other action/suspense films of its types. In “The Fugitive,” we had a man falsely accused of murder who had to prove his innocence. Here, we have a man (Wesley Snipes) who truly is a criminal just trying to escape from the law. There is nothing interesting or fun to watch about that. This is just a plain film which, with its “Fugitive” connections, does not do the previous film justice. Jones manages to make a few wisecracks in a couple scenes, but those jokes would not (and did not) win him another Oscar. Without spoiling, one character from the original film is killed off here, and it will be hard going back to watching the original now, knowing that character will die. “The Fugitive” is still my favorite, but nevertheless, do yourself a favor. Fugitve fans should avoid this film at all costs.

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