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a san francisco treat
written by Popnfresh September 26, 2004 - 11:24 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
As a callous gen-x'er i never thought i'd come across a car chase that made me do anything but yawn. french connection? shrug. the fast and the furious? please. the phantom menace? cry for the sullied memories of our blissful childhood......but steve mcqueen's chase through the streets of san fran floored me. i actually felt my stomach fall as his fastback bounced up and down russian hill and flew around coastal curves. the chase alone is worth a rental...

but the movie is much more than a chase sequence, and moves at just deliberate enough a pace that the chase comes as a climax of sorts, and is heightened by the tension and depth to which the viewer is drawn. everything about this movie rings true, and it feels meticulously detailed, but without those details interfering with the pace and flow of the movie. the story is carefully scripted to avoid typical cliched plot devices, while seeming more plausible, interesting, and comfortable than those tired, stale tools. the characters, as much as the plot, draw you in.

if you're familiar with san francisco, it's a great chance to see the city as it was way back when. rent it with d.o.a., the conversation and vertigo for a film-noir/thriller san fran movie fest with plenty of great, lingering shots of the city. of course, steve mcqueen lives up to his reputation as the coolest cat in the city. nothing phases this guy and he's always in control. he's like david caruso's bigger, cooler brother.


(Average 7.32)
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