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Double Take (1998)
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by Chris Parry

"Totally snoozeworthy."
2 stars

A slumping writer (Craig Sheffen) finds that his wife is leaving him, his publisher is losing interest in him and his writing stinks. Then he witnesses a murder in a jewelry store, points a dude out in a police line-up (Costas Mandylor), puts him away for a long time and… then bumps into the guy again in the street. Or is it maybe someone else? Could it be the real murderer? And if so, who’s the guy in prison? And how hot is his girlfriend? And does she put out?

Silly low budget action flick with not a lot of action, a depressingly bad lead with an even more depressing mushroom haircut, and a story straight out the Twilight Zone. Only the Twilight Zone would have ended the story after half an hour, having packed more point and intelligence into that half hour than this flick can cram into three times that running time. While trying to free the innocent man from prison, this mook takes about 24 hours to start boning the guy’s girlfriend. It’s not enough you put an innocent man away, you have to screw his woman as well? Why not smack his grandmother in the kneecaps with a baseball bat while you’re at it, or maybe set a pitbull on his poodle.

Craig Sheffen was once a respectable, if unknown, actor. He’d appeared in A River Runs Through It and Nightbreed, and he even executive produced Demolition Man. But then the bad times hit, The Roadkillers, Sleep With Me, Bloodknot, Executive Power and Double Take are hardly the stuff of acting legends. In fact, there are a few martial arts stars that would have been embarrassed to have these turkeys on their resume. Surely Sheffen looks back on this film with utter depression, not just because it’s a stinky outing, but because he has the single worst hairstyle ever put to film. He’s a mushroom-head. If you sliced pieces off his cranium, they’d be great with a cheeseburger. If you licked his scalp, you’d start seeing the music, man.

His female co-star, Brigitte Bako, was a once highly touted sex symbol-in-waiting who went on to become a Red Shoes Diaries regular and voiceover artist on Godzilla: The TV Series. She’s still way above her level…

If you catch this late at night on TV, you may be tempted to watch til the end just to see how awful it can get. Do yourself a favor, fight that urge.

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