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Juggernaut back to product details

Ripe for rediscovery
written by tboot July 22, 2003 - 11:23 AM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Now, here's a lost classic from the '70s. I've been wanting to see it for years, it being a Richard Lester film, and it's just come out on DVD. It truly deserves a rediscovery. It's not only a nail-biting thriller, but it's an anti-thiller, too. Lester loved to subvert the usual cinema heroics (see his 3 Musketeer films and their hilarious, sloppy swordfights), and in Juggernaut, though a luxury liner is on the verge of being blown up by a terrorist, the passengers, rather than succumbing to hysterics and screaming, sit passively waiting for their doom. After all, there's really no choice -- they're in the middle of the Atlantic. The film festures a cream-of-the-crop British cast, including very young versions of Anthony Hopkins and Ian Holm and, best of all, Richard Harris as the sardonic bomb expert and Roy Kinnear as the ship's entertainment officer. The film is rich and layered and skirts a good many of the ticking-time-bomb movie cliches with Lester's patented offhand film-as-tapestry approach, not to mention his sly humor.


(Average 7.38)
16 Votes
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