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An attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.
Denzel Washington stars as a cop who strips down to his underwear, to catch crazy ass looney professional hitman, John Lithgow. It's all caught on camera, and Denzel becomes a local media darling and instant celebrity. Meanwhile, Lithgow is rotting away in prison, pissed, and swears revenge. Fast-forward a few years, and Denzel is now an attorney, workin' for the DA. He's livin' the American Dream, but it's about to turn into a nightmare. Lithgow escapes prison, and concocts an evil plan to make Denzel's life a livin' hell. Ricochet is a lightning-paced-cat-and-mouse action feast, where it's not always clear, who's chasing who.
It's hard not to like Denzel Washington. He's one of the most likable actors in Hollywood. He's…
Denzel Washington man, no matter what it is he is in, I like it, I haven't given one denzel Washington movie a bad rating, I cannot freaking dis him.
Hm, that was one bald-faced exercise in trash, yet an endlessly amusing watch all the same. Denzel and Lithgow are devouring so much scenery that it cannot be denied that there is merit to this film. Ice-T brings his fair share of ham as well, and the levels of vulgar theatricality from all are scarily watchable. This needs to be seen by consumers of pure, shameless excrement disguised as movies.
John Lithgow tells a guy that he flossed with his wife's pubic hair in this film and then has an American Gladiator death match in prison. A true classic.
This obscure revenge-themed action-thriller is as bonkers as they come. Similar in vein to Cape Fear (the remake of which was ironically released in the same year), a young Denzel Washington plays DEA agent and family man Nicholas Styles, who became famous for putting away dangerous criminal Earl Blake years ago when he was an LAPD rookie cop. Years later, and the still imprisoned Blake is taking revenge, planning on breaking out and framing the well-respected officer in a series of devious behaviors that could destroy his almost-perfect life.
Washington is solid as usual, but the real standout performance in the movie is John Lithgow as the psychopathic Blake. His character is just so brilliantly deranged and over-the-top, sometimes even…
The film has more cheese than this review.
Having my favorite actor (Denzel), I was looking forward to this as it looked action packed.Well it had action as well as CHEEEEESEEEEEEEE.
Oh my god, the CHEESY plot, CHEESY directing and CHEESY acting had more holes than a LEICESTER CHEESE block.
Some of the lines in this so called action thriller are cheesy too....examples
"I guess a Beretta in the butt beats a butterfly in a boot, huh?"
Parole Board Official:
"The parole board's ready, Blake. I hope you remembered to floss."
Parole Board Official:
"I did! With your wife's pubic hair!"
Well I won't be in a hurry to watch this again and…
Russell Mulcahy's best movie, one of Joel Silver's most underrated, and sloughed off in favor of other John Lithgow villains if only because he has so many good ones. The opening credits make it clear that this is Hitchcock-meets-Silver, and the movie delivers on every aspect of that premise — from the framed-at-every-turn hero to the larger-than-life omniscience of Lithgow's Earl Talbot Blake. No one else could make a joke about flossing with pubic hair feel like a prelude to a fatal blow.
Young beat cop Nick Styles (Denzel Washington) makes a name for himself after an onlooker captures amateur video footage of him taking down violent hitman Earl Talbot Blake (John Lithgow) in spectacular fashion. Years later after Nick has begun a family and worked his way up to Assistant District Attourney, Blake escapes from prison to get revenge on his captor. Faking his own death, Blake is able to convince everyone but Styles that he's out of the picture, giving him free reign to play a wicked game of cat and mouse with his prey without being suspected.
Ricochet is completely preposterous and so 90's that it hurts. In other words, it's exactly what I was hoping it would be. I'm…
Nice to see a young Denzel actually putting in an effort, even in a film that's total, total garbage. And at least most of it is the good, entertaining kind of garbage.
Not so much the last 15min.
"WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?"
Ricochet is a genuine oddity. A genuine oddity. It is essentially a Brian De Palma film directed by Russell Mulcahy. Mulcahy will always have a special place in my film-watching life because he directed Highlander. Now Highlander is rubbish, I fully admit, but like with Flash Gordon, I really love it.
Mulcahy even sneaks a Highlander style scene into Ricochet. John Lithgow is in prison and fights a member of the aryan brotherhood with a sword, while books duck taped to his body is used as armour. It is apparently the way white people in jail solve their problems. The scene is shot like Highlander and it is as bizarre as it sounds.
Particularly when the rest of the film…
It's watchable but awfully dumb
Early 90s hyper-pulp insanity that borrows a good deal of visual grammar from Brian De Palma and then takes his favorite psycho (Lithgow) and shoots homophobic steroids into his butt cheeks. Ugly, sleazy, unwoke as fuck, but featuring literal gladiator battles in prison and a weird take on class politics where a "respectable" black man is forced to seek refuge in the ghetto with a gang of crack dealers in order to avoid his maniacal white persecutor. Truthfully, this seems like a nightmarish cousin to 70s/80s exploitation that just happened to be made in '91 and features one of our biggest stars while he was on the rise. Russell Mulcahy had some solid gold mixed in amongst the other garbage he produced throughout the years (though RAZORBACK may still be my favorite of his).
The movie where Denzel gets damn near naked in a street and shoots John Lithgow only to have a climactic fight with him where he proclaims his success in life due to owning a Laserdisc player.
Also worth watching for: Lithgow taping a bunch of phone books to his body and wielding a makeshift spear in a prison version of American Gladiators, Ice-T being ever so wise and some legitimately rugged moments of violence including all manner of edge weapons.
Story is credited to Fred Dekker, so that's something.
Lithgow playing a bonkers villain is a hoot
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