out of 4
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After The Sunset
|*Also starring: ||Woody Harrelson, Don Cheadle, Obba Babatunde, Michael Bowen, Frank Bruynbroek, Alan Dale, Jared Day, Jeff Garlin, Naomie Harris, Rachael Harris, Rex Linn||
Review by Susan Granger
2½ stars out of 4
This fun-in-the-sun jewel heist caper never pretends to be more than it
is. That's why, despite its familiar plotting and two-dimensional characters,
it's nevertheless diverting entertainment.
Set in the Bahamas, the story begins as master thief Max Burdett (Pierce
Brosnan) and his longtime partner-in-crime Lola (Salma Hayek) have pulled one
final robbery and are settling into retirement in their new beachfront home.
She's relishing her life of leisure while his restlessness is painfully obvious
- until he realizes that an enormous cruise ship is due to dock nearby with an
"exhibition" of the third Napoleon diamond. Max has successfully stolen the
other two, a fact well known to genial FBI agent Stan Lloyd (Woody Harrelson),
who doggedly tails him the way Inspector Javert followed Jean Valjean in "Les
Miserables." So does he score the priceless gem?
Director Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour") realizes Pierce Brosnan (a.k.a. James
Bond) could play this kind of part in his sleep - which he doesn't, even though
he has a scruffy three-day growth of beard - and Salma Hayek, clad in an
itsy-bitsy bikini, returns to her natural sexiness after "Frida." The fact that
there's too little sizzle between them is too bad but not fatal. Woody
Harrelson's the wild card and his goofy buddy-comedy with Brosnan clicks, along
with his inept romantic pursuit of a local cop (Naomie Harris). Borrowing
liberally from "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "The Big Bounce," screenwriters
Paul Zbyszewski and Craig Rosenberg keep the plot twisting enough to propel the
action, although Max's relationship with the Island mob kingpin (Don Cheadle)
is less than effective. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "After the
Sunset" is a scenic 6. Classify this trip to paradise as a guilty pleasure.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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