- Fantastic start/opening titles/set up
- Middle bogs down in 70s/Vietnam cliches
- Ending picks up again with the heist
About the same exact reaction.
Sharp filmmaking by the Brothers Hughes, although sometimes it betrays its budget (the hit/heist is so well done, but its artful design sort of shows off what looks like a backlot-ish feel); i wish the intensity of the film truly matched that of the opening title sequence, featuring one of Danny Elfman's shining/underrated themes. (Not shining, actually - pulse-pounding, brooding, intense stuff; wish it was used more in the film!)
Great songs and great cast (Keith David keeps popping up in stuff i've watched recently - one of my all time favorites, he can pop up in everything far as i'm concerned), including a terrific early Terrence Howard appearance.
Very 70s and of the sort I wish they made more of, ultimately.