"Michael Douglas riding a bike, who would’ve thought that possible?"
At any rate, this flick is quite a passable thriller, with some interesting action scenes and culture insights, but ultimately misses the mark that it was aiming for.Michael Douglas plays again the hard-boiled cop in the form of Nick Cunkley who’s fucked due to his wife and has a chance to redeem himself by escorting with his partner Charlie Vincent (Andy Garcia) a notorious mob boss predictably called Sato (Yusaku Matsuda) back to Japan, only to (predictably) loose him when they turn him over to the mobsters disguised as policemen. So Douglas and Garcia have to reluctantly team up with Japanese cop Mashahiro Matsumoto (Ken Takakura) to track this fuck and his Yakuza mafia fuckers.
The problem with this film though is that it is too predictable and sometimes borders on the boring and dumb. Sure, there are some interesting action scenes and Andy Garcia’s death is quite shocking, but then it just goes into revenge-mode and everything falls into place even before the climatic face-off between Nick and Sato occurs. Clichés are regurgitated everywhere, like the usual non-cooperation from the Japanese fuzz to cooperate with Nick. The whole heist where Sato escapes in the terminal was so lame and so predictable that it just bogs down the rest of the film after that. The whole thing with the Japanese gangsters in bikes looked so odd that I had a hard time buying it. The climaxing point is well-staged and seeing Michael Douglas riding a motorcycle was quite cool, but it was ultimately uninteresting. And Ridley Scott directed this? Hmm, well, he just came off the sci-fi world and was playing with new formats, so I’ll cut him some slack.
Douglas fits the glove well as Nick and Andy Garcia was all right. But what the hell was it with the Kate Capshaw character as bartender Joyce Kingsley? The gal knows more Japanese history and has more insight than the Japs –or should I say, Japanese themselves; she even cracks the case for Douglas, which makes Douglas look pretty stupid since he’s supposed to be a detective for crying out loud.In the end, this film is a passable renter, go watch The French Connection instead. 2.5-5