Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cliffhanger (1993)

Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Rex Linn, Caroline Goodall, Leon, Craig Fairbass, Gregory Scott Cummins, Denis Forest, Michelle Joyner, Max Perlich, Paul Winfield Ralph Waite

Gabe (Stallone) returns to his home town after the traumatic death of a friend during a rock climbing incident. A botched heist, lead by a sophisticated thief (Lithgow), means Gabe is convinced to help the distress call they send through without knowing what waits for him on the mountain tops.

Action-packed, thrilling ride never lets up and is cleverly conceived and plotted with elements of comedy, tragedy, greed and forgiveness. Harlin, who’s also responsible for the Lethal Weapon series, can lay claim to being the best action director of the modern era. Melodramatic it may be, but any film starring Stallone isn't going to be Shakespeare and the effects alone are worth it.

Stallone actually gives a standout performance, supplied with great backing from Rourke and Northern Exposure star Turner. Lithgow, however, proves the great abilities he holds as an actor. The film was nominated for 3 Oscars and 4 Razzie Awards (the Oscar's cousin which awards the worst films of the year). If you like your heart-racing fix, this is one to look out for.


4.5/5

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