- Renny Harlin
- Reviewed by
- José Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Thursday, April 04, 2002
Gabe (Sylverster Stallone) is asked to rescue a bunch of people stranded somewhere on the Rocky Mountains. Among them is an old friend (Michael Rooker) with whom he doesn’t get along because of an incident one year before which was fatal to both of them. The problem is that these people are not who they appear and they’re actually looking for three suitcases full of money that fell there. Soon it’s a kidnap situation as well and Gabe is the only one who could stop them.
After an unforgettable initial sequence that you won’t be able to ever forget and that has now become almost a classic of the genre, Cliffanger builds into an unstoppable action-thriller in which, even though you might know the outcome, everything that happens in the middle is worthy of your time. It’s not about getting there, but about the way you get there.
A good script is the right start for a movie to work. Rarely do this kind of movies leave this kind of impression because they’re always so dumb. Not here folks. The creators do a wonderful job at mixing an exciting story with several twists, a good villain, a good hero and an amazing landscape to situate the action. There’s nothing more you could ask and Renny Harlin got it right-on.
Sylvester Stallone used to be much better than he is now and this movie is an example. He’s perfect for the role and we root for him. John Lithgow, as the main villain, also does a pretty good job.
Overall an explosive movie in every sense of the word.
“Kill a few people they call you a murderer. Kill a million and you’re a conqueror.”
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