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Black Moon Rising
Meet Sam Quint... Stealing from him is the biggest mistake you can make.
An FBI free-lancer stashes a stolen Las Vegas-crime tape in a high-tech car stolen by someone else.
Written by John Carpenter and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Black Moon Rising is the tale of a thief (Tommy Lee Jones) who is hired by the government to steal a very important cassette tape. While being pursued by some menacing baddies, the thief hides the tape in a super fast race car named the Black Moon. That plan gets shot to shit when the Black Moon is stolen. You don't fuck with the government and a badass agent (Bubba Smith) gives the thief 72 hours to find the missing tape or else his ass is grass. Liquor store chit-chat. Busted window. Christine's well behaved cousin. Sheriff Dearborne? Hightower without Tackleberry. Billy the Kid. High-tech phone. Sarah Connor's hair. Super Grand…
It's a high-tech supercar movie written by John Carpenter and starring Tommy Lee Jones as a quasi-Hawksian hero. Shouldn't that be enough?
I never considered you competition, Marvin.
A John Carpenter script produced by Roger Corman's studio New World Pictures. Those two elements alone should intrigue any fan of genre pictures. It's one of a handful of films Carpenter wrote but didn't direct, those duties went to Harley Cokeliss. He was one of the second unit studio directors on Empire Strikes Back and to be honest this is probably his biggest accomplishment after that, unless directing episodes of Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess brings a certain prestige to directors that I'm unaware of.
The film is made with 80s action movie sensibilities and doesn't seem to aspire to be anything more. The plot however is nothing but typical as it involves…
How can any movie written by john Carpenter with a cast of Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, villainous Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel, Bubba Smith, William Sanderson, Keenan Wynn and the lead singer of Fear as a mafioso with terrible 80's hair be this boring? Tommy lee Jones steals a tape from the mob, hides it in a car that Linda Hamilton steals, and in between sexing Linda up Tommy breaks into Robert Vaughn's garage ramp fortress to steal it back. Maybe it's from being spoiled by Jackie Chan chase scenes and the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, but man is this movie a limp noodle. And that terrible car. Did someone call up the vehicle designers of 'Megaforce" and ask…
A professional thief who works for the FBI steals a tape that's sought after by the Las Vegas mafia, and then hides it a into a high-tech car. But the car is in turn stolen by a gang, headed by a mysterious businessman, and stashed into a seemingly impregnable skyscraper.
Strictly routine heist flick that is based on a screenplay by John Carpenter (who had the good sense not to direct it). There is little here to excite or surprise even the most easy-to-satisfy viewer and Cokeliss's uninspired direction does nothing to help. At times it seems like a TV movie or a special episode of "Knight Rider".
Even the usually reliable Tommy Lee Jones doesn't fare well in this…
A professional thief is used by the FBI to get useful evidence for an investigation, unfortunately things go wrong and he has to hide the evidence on a prototype car.
I didn't know anything about this before watching it, only that i liked the title and that Tommy Lee Jones was in it.
This movie drowns itself on a sea of problems, starting with the tone, it goes back and forth from sort of neo noir tokind of action, but is never serious enough (even though it really thinks it is) to be noir, or has enough action, to be considered an action movie, in paper it seems like a heist flick but they messed that up too.
Going through my secret stash-o-crap I pulled this one out: a DVD I bought a while ago for $2. It seems to be a cheap VHS transfer of a forgotten film. I remember watching it one time for about 10 minutes before I got bored, or fell asleep or something. It's a perfectly functional, mediocre, artless film about a big heist, that was apparently taken out of John Carpenter's trash can. It takes a while to get going, but it's functional enough for a Sunday afternoon time-kill.
Or so I thought.
Despite car chases, violence, a Linda Hamilton sex scene, and a big heist on a nefarious criminal enterprise, Black Moon Rising couldn't be more boring if it tried. This must be some kind of an achievement. I've felt more excited waiting for a bus. How did this happen?
Very good film, well written by Carpenter (with traces of him everywhere). Too bad he didn't direct it.
Ο Tommy Lee Jones είναι ο μέγας διαρρήκτης που συνεργάζεται με τις αρχές προκειμένου να μπουκάρει σε εταιρεία και να κλέψει καταδικαστικά για αυτήν στοιχεία. Όπερ και εγενέτο, πλην όμως τα θάβει σε πειραματικό αυτοκίνητο που βρίσκει τυχαία μπροστά του όταν προσπαθεί να γλυτώσει από αυτούς που τον καταδιώκουν. Το αυτοκίνητο όμως (ένα μείγμα ΚΙΤ και Concorde για να έχετε την εικόνα στο μυαλό σας) απαλλοτριώνεται (sic) και ο καλός ληστής έχει μόλις τρεις ημέρες διορία για να μπουκάρει ξανά σε ουρανοξύστη-φρούριο και να πάρει πίσω στοιχεία και αυτοκίνητο. Τυπική 80s αστυνομική περιπέτεια, από αυτές που εάν τις πετύχαινες ελεύθερες στο Video Blue το Σάββατο πρωί,οργάνωνες πάρτι το ίδιο βράδυ. Με τον Jones να ψιλοβαριέται αλλά έχει κάτι ακόμα και…
It’s my hope that the self-established rules in the “Class of …” series sometimes help it stand apart from other anniversary retrospectives — casting a glance, at least a couple times a year, on titles otherwise consigned to history’s deeper, darker cracks.
One unspecified rule is my effort to include a film I’ve never seen in each year’s crop, a la “The Falcon and the Snowman” (2015) or “Stop Making Sense” (2014). There’s a risk to run with these remedial efforts; maybe films of purported pedigree fall short or childhood curiosities that called to me from clamshell cases are best left clasped.
Sadly, the latter is true of 1986’s “Black Moon Rising,” a high-concept thriller about a 325-mph car that…
The middle is almost unforgivably dull, but the first and third acts are some damn fun Diet Carpenter.
A reasonably entertaining SF/heist film featuring 1986-edition Tommy Lee Jones.
So never having seen this film, as the credits show up at the beginning I was pretty excited. John Carpenter, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton etc... Then I watched it, and no matter how much I enjoyed Tommy Lee Jones in this film, Man it was dull.
They seemed to have one idea and stretch it out for as long as possible, which includes a lot of slow drives, writing things down, and staring at stuff. There is a moment when Mr. lee Jones falls asleep while waiting for Linda Hamilton, and all I could think was. "Yup, I get that."
It had some sci-fi car elements, and good lines, but nothing stood out as all that good. I'm not sure who the recommend this for. It's not terrible just mostly dull.
Black Moon Rising is a decent little 80s heist thriller from the mind of John Carpenter. Tommy Lee Jones provides a good stack of laughs by being the film's playful bad-ass - he is every 80s leading action hero rolled into one fun and charismatic person. His chemistry with Hamilton is non-existent and Cokeliss's direction is bland, with the action lacking compared to his better film Malone, but Jones is why I was here and why I stuck with it and he certainly delivered his typical charm.
Nice usage of Chekov's Supercar.