Cuba Gooding Jr. cannot seem to catch a break since his Oscar win. Most of the films that he has chosen to star in have been panned by the critics. This one, Sony decided to not even release to theatres and have released it straight-to-video. After the first 10 minutes of the film you can see why. The cast does a decent job, other than Burt Reynolds who is a bit hammy, with the roles they are given, but the problem lies in the script and some of the decisions by director, Andy Cheng (first film). For instance, why go with the handheld camera for an action film. For the last time, they just succeed in making the viewer nauseous and rarely injects the 'realism' factor directors are looking for. It is accepted that with most action films you do have to suspend belief to allow the story to happen and enjoy the film, but there were too many holes for me. Besides the holes a lot of it was so predictable you could see what was coming from a mile away. This is also the first time that I am actually going to critique the make up in a film. Head make up artist, Trista Jordan (Lonely Hearts, Detour) really piles on the foundation, so much so that you can see it on most of the actors.
Alex Thomas (Cuba Gooding Jr. – Jerry Maguire, Radio) is a Secret Service Agent assigned to protect the American President (Jack Scalia – Red Eye) and The First Lady (Anne Archer – Clear and Present Danger, Fatal Attraction). At a public event the President is assassinated and Thomas is wracked with guilt over it. A persistent news reporter named Kate Crawford (Angie Harmon – from television's Law and Order) convinces Thomas to help her investigate the assassination. From the very beginning when witnesses start getting killed the two realize there is more to the case than meets the eye. Thomas and Crawford's lives are in jeopardy while they try to get to the bottom of the conspiracy.
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