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Overall Rating
2.66

Awesome: 10.17%
Worth A Look: 16.95%
Average32.2%
Pretty Bad: 10.17%
Total Crap: 30.51%

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Cliffhanger (1993)
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by Slyder

"A Decent, Average Stallone Popcorn Flick"
3 stars

Well well, after all the shit that Sylvester or Sly Stallone did during the entire 80’s, it was fair to say that Stallone needed a break. He had to find a hit movie or sink into the annals of Hollywood as a has-been. And he did, teaming up with wannabe A-list director Renny Harlin, and took out his comeback. It’s actually a pretty good movie, sure, nothing great, but still somehow worth your time, if you look at it in the sense of entertainment. Lets take a look

So, Gabe Walker (Stallone) tries to rescue his friends, Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker) and his girlfriend Sarah (Michelle Joyner) in the Rocky Mountains. But then the rescue goes awfully wrong, Gabe tries to save Hal’s girlfriend, but in vain, and she dies. That plunges Gabe down with Hal, and he walks away. Many years later, Gabe returns but to get his longtime girlfriend Jessie (Janine Turner), and as things pass by, over the skies an airplane mid-air heist goes awry and the cases of cash –three of them- get lost over the Rockies, and their plane crashes. So they get a fake emergency call to the rescuers, where Gabe and Hall unfortunately have to team up to get them, only to be kidnapped and forced to guide them towards the cases. Then all hell will break loose as our friends try to fight these terrorists and their evil leader, Eric Qualen (John Lithgow).

Ok, the good parts. The action scenes were awesome. Of course, Harlin is like the master in doing action films (or at least he pretends to be), and certainly knows his way around, or tries to, with often good results. The film just grabs you and never lets you go. You’ll be entertained for nearly every second that the film plays. The stunts were absolutely great. Sure, the fights get gory from time to time, but it sure delivers that one great. Another excellent thing in the movie was the cinematography, by Alex Thomson. Though it would’ve been better, it was certainly breathtaking in many scenes. The FX were cool, I was really impressed by those.

There was only one thing lacking, a good storyline. The storyline, though it had its moments, it was laughable at some points it was bad. It had some pretty bad plotholes about mountain climbing that was pretty much idiotic. I guess many professional mountain climbers would be pretty pissed at this one. And since the film’s main focus is on mountain climbing, it kills the film’s seriousness in every way. Thanks to this, the rest is reduced to a popcorn film, where the only thing to awe is all the minor details in the film, and not the film’s point itself. Stallone should really start practicing more his writing skills at home, trying to perfection his action formulas, but not onscreen since while it delivers action, the main plotline almost always turns out a total embarrassment.

The performances weren’t as good as I thought. While Sly gives one of his better performances, the rest of the cast is struggling, especially Lithgow, who has a pretty ridiculous accent for a British guy. So are the rest of the terrorists. All around average

In the end, it’s an average film, sure, it sure brings some adrenaline and fun, but it’s empty in the heart, and really doesn’t give out what it has to get. Lots of clichés and plotholes reduced another potentially good movie into another simple popcorn flick. See at your own risk (2.5-5)

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User Comments

11/09/11 Jeff Wilder Die Hard on the high slopes. Fun but slight. 3 stars
7/07/10 harry lime very enjoyable/ exciting actioner. One of Sly's best. 4 stars
3/04/10 PAUL SHORTT ENJOYABLE ACTION ADVENTURE WITH GOOD STUNTS 3 stars
7/26/08 The Dork Knight John Lithgow is good (can't believe i just wrote that) 3 stars
1/26/07 Jeff Anderson A good action film, but dumb at times. Nothing however tops the 1st 12 min. which is great! 3 stars
12/13/06 R.W.Welch Some nice stuntwork and holds together pretty well. 3 stars
12/10/06 David Cohen Just didn't like it 2 stars
6/05/06 chris f a brilliant movie fantastic 5 stars
3/11/06 Dillon The stunts alone are worth 4 stars 4 stars
2/27/06 Quigley the movie had one of the worst scripts ever written, atrocious acting and very fake action 2 stars
8/30/05 ES Didn't hate it, but it felt like a 'shoot to kill' ripoff 3 stars
6/14/05 E-FUNK It's so bad. And it's all because of that Finnish fuck, Renny Harlin. Hated every frame. 1 stars
5/28/05 tony Not a bad film. in fact, i liked it a bit. 3 stars
5/15/05 Indrid Cold Very dumb, but some good nail-biting action. 3 stars
1/10/05 keithers.. worth a look...a good action romp 4 stars
12/06/03 Maurice The Predator This film is ok, a tad to long but good overall 4 stars
5/18/03 Andrew Carden Fantastic Location Shots and Direction; but This Is Stallone At His Worst Point. 3 stars
4/20/03 Stefan Halka The script was good but the film was dragged down by weak action scenes. 3 stars
4/01/03 Sylvester Stallone Hey thanks folks! 5 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Starts out well, then goes the 'ol cliched route. Bad acting all around. 2 stars
3/02/03 Monster W. Kung Another piece of shit from Stallone's staples. 1 stars
2/18/03 stuntman entertaining if not taken seriously, which is the point! 4 stars
1/03/03 padraig o connor sly is a good actor but d plots shit 4 stars
2/13/02 Scottish Kilt One of stallone's finest films, though it's a bit far fetched. 4 stars
1/18/02 David A. Great action, suspense, and breathtaking photography! It's got it all! 5 stars
12/30/01 Cracked head Laughably awful. 1 stars
11/28/01 Cookie Cutter Bad... 2 stars
11/14/01 Zizzerzazzerzuzz One of those movies you just know is gonna suck, and when it's over, you were right. 1 stars
10/18/01 Nicole D Two hours of my life I can never get back 1 stars
8/10/01 Crisis Management "Bad guy" vs "good guy" action piece of crap, with inane depiction of rock climbing. 1 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk The opening scene and John Lithgow are worth your time...but not much. 3 stars
8/01/01 KC Au A very boring "action" movie. 1 stars
6/07/01 Dean Engrossing? Holds together? What the fuck are you on? This is cliched and unrealistic junk. 1 stars
4/29/01 TNT-6 As for climb-rocking, the ineptitude of this movie is astounding. 1 stars
3/25/01 Monster W. Kung Laughable, unrealistic, dumb and overblown climbing-action-whatever wannabe. IT BLOWS. 1 stars
2/15/01 dale hardiman I first saw it 7 yrs ago and i still think that it is a top film 4 stars
2/14/01 Jake This movie is quite engrossing. Rooker was great. 5 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla another flick that would have been better 3 stars
8/23/00 zall It does not suck .It stinks ! 1 stars
7/02/00 liam jackson cliffhanger is sylvester stallone's best movie ever!it does not suck! 5 stars
3/05/99 little jerry Does the job. 4 stars
1/12/99 demon_shredder Hey, this movie rocked! 5 stars
10/30/98 Negative Creep I would of only given it a Just Average except it was spoofed in Ace ventura 2 4 stars
10/25/98 Lord Of The Dunce At least he saw the light and went into indies after this and Daylight. 2 stars
9/04/98 Badass You can totally tell which was filmed on location and which wasn't. 3 stars
9/02/98 Johny STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT! was worse 2 stars
9/01/98 kooky sal I hate formula action. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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