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Murder at 1600
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by Ryan Arthur

"An address that changes all the rules? Bah."
3 stars

This movie is better than its trailer.

But that's not saying a lot.

A woman has been murdered at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. That's the White House, kids. For whatever reason, a doesn't-play-by-the-rules DC cop (Wesley Snipes) gets called in. Nevermind that Secret Service or FBI or a bunch of other organizations could do the same investigation as a DC cop, and not make waves, but then, there wouldn't be a movie, would there?

The cop has a partner (Dennis Miller, slumming) but gets paired up with a Secret Service agent (Diane Lane) anyway, who just happens to be an Olympic Gold Medalist in sharpshooting and who just happens to not mind running around sewers in white tank tops. The sharpshooting part is important to the plot, the wet t-shirt isn't.

Why was the woman killed, and who was responsible? Is it the President himself (Ronny Cox)? The President's son (Tate Donovan)? Or was it that head of the Secret Service detail (Daniel Benzali) or maybe even a National Security adviser (Alan Alda)?

Well, look at the cast. The trend these days is to cast the most unlikely actor in the role of the villain, so that it comes as a shock to the viewer when the identity is revealed. Figure it out, Hawkeye.

Actually, the first half of the film isn't really that bad. Snipes' character has some certain cliched elements to him, but he's actually one of the more interesting characters, if only because he's into elaborate Civil War miniature recreations, which isn't nearly as geeky as it sounds. There's good chemistry between him and Lane, and each additional character is actually pretty fleshed out.

But the last half (or maybe third) of the film gives over to standards. Cliches abound, and the movie basically switches to autopilot, including a sequence in a tunnel that we've seen countless times before.

It's well done at times, but falls apart in the end.

Diane Lane's a hottie, though.

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User Comments

11/17/17 morris campbell not as bad as the white house now trump sucks 3 stars
2/13/17 morris campbell pretty good nothing more 3 stars
4/15/14 Richard Brandt It's no OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN but then what is? Oh wait... 3 stars
2/15/11 Jeff Wilder Passably entertaining. Snipes and Lane help it rise above average slightly. 3 stars
1/17/07 Sepi53 suprisingly good movie 5 stars
9/06/06 Nishant wonderful movie 5 stars
2/02/05 G-Man great movie 5 stars
2/01/04 69er Entertaining in parts, but many plot holes and contrivances. 3 stars
1/01/03 Jack Sommersby Predictable but passable. Diane Lane is solid ans sexy. 3 stars
6/29/02 R.W. Welch Nobody in this pic seems to be taking it seriously, and with good reason. 2 stars
4/27/02 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne Should've been better. Predictable because Alda seems always to run either hot or cold. 3 stars
1/13/02 Andrew Carden Pretty Good Movie. Interesting, Exciting. Refreshing Performances. 4 stars
9/14/01 Butterbean A done-over action flick. 3 stars
9/08/00 Terrie Smith One cliche after another but not a bad time-waster. Snipes has done much better. 3 stars
3/01/00 yankee this was a good flick, motives for killing that deal with foreign policy is a great concept 4 stars
12/23/99 Wafer What the fuck was this 1 stars
10/06/99 strike A very hokey thriller. 2 stars
12/29/98 thEnd Get the movie, get the popcorn... Great entertainment, worth renting. 4 stars
8/19/98 Johny I expected this to be crap, but it was decent rental 3 stars
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