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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.
Imagine a world where Tommy Lee Jones played Han Solo. Never would have occurred to me until right now. Not even The Fugitive inspired that comparison. But wow, after this, Jones could've pulled it off. Though if that were the case I'd also imagine Solo (and Star Wars in general) taking a less fun, fairly grittier tone, especially with his role in The Force Awakens. But here he's got everything Solo has: action beats, a murky relationship with cop and criminal alike, a sense of humor, and when he has to he can take a hell of a beating. And he always looks cool doing it.
Not a whole lot of Carpenter coming through this script. It's a competently executed action film with some nice 80's styling, and works for the most part despite some of the most uneven casting on all fronts.
Either I had forgotten how much Tommy Lee Jonesy Tommy Lee Jones is or that movie was just extremely Tommy Lee Jonesy
This movie is a product of the 1980s, and it does not shy away from that fact in the least. The titular "Black Moon" is a super fast, sound-barrier-breaking car that looks like a Delorean slim model. It doesn't help that Linda Hamilton is walking around with hair so big that my Mom (who lived through the 80s) has to point it out and laugh.
TLJ gets to have some cool moments, but the film doesn't seem to want to let him be a full fledged action star. He's too busy running from some government agents who hired him when he should be kicking ass.
Overall I can only recommend it to John Carpenter completionists (Carpenter is credited for story and did some writing on it), those studying 80s action cinema, and TLJ fans curious to see him as a straight up action lead, though it ends up being more disappointing than that premise entails.
1986 research with Shannon and Chris. John Carpenter story and co-screenplay credit. Loved Tommy Lee moaning his way through the climax after getting his ass kicked earlier (Ebert would've approved). DVD from Movie Madness.
with sean and chris, fell asleep for the end... counting it anyway.
jc story and scranplay. watched for sean's '86 research.
The 'super car' ends up not being used a whole as a gimmick, and in this film, it might be a good thing. If you're expecting some sort of 'hyper charged' action flick with a car, this ain't it. This film reminds me of the sort of films of a certain quality that all came out around the same time which were not the greatest, but they were great cable movies. "Remo Williams," "Time Rider," among others which were memorable, and entertaining, but not 'great.' (However, I will say this, these films end up being a lot better than a lot of shit they churn out these days, no matter how much they spend on special effects.) Interesting characters, decent actors you know, and not your usual scenes, action or otherwise.
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?