The Eiger doesn’t even come into play until the final third of the film, and after some convoluted twists the sanction doesn’t really matter that much. Despite that, it’s a fun and slightly camp spy thriller that gives Eastwood something a little different to do, and is well worth checking out.
This film is described as a comedy-thriller; unfortunately it’s not particularly funny or thrilling. Gene Wilder plays George Caldwell, a book editor traveling by train from L.A. to Chicago for his sister’s wedding. Along the way he becomes embroiled in the conspiracy to kill a reclusive art historian and find the evidence behind his theory that some of Rembrandt’s paintings authenticated by art dealer Roger Devereau (Patrick McGoohan) are actually fakes.
The problem is the film doesn’t seem to know…
I just love everything about this film: the practical effects; the over the top violence; Ronny Cox chewing the scenery like a man possessed, Michael Ironside’s sulky and snarling performance; Sharon Stone looking better than she ever has; Arnie’s super camp run after killing the gang lead by “Harry from verk”; the security guard who doesn’t even wait until he’s out of shot before giving up the chase after Doug Quaid smashes through the X-ray scanner, with a gun. There…
Sam Rockwell gives a stunning performance as Sam Bell, a man coming to the end of a three-year stint working on the Moon supervising automated harvesters as they extract helium-3, alone except for a robot named GERTY. While out trying to repair one of the harvesting machines he’s involved in an accident and wakes up back inside the base, with little memory of the incident. Later he catches GERTY talking with his employers back on Earth and hears them instruct…