Run time: 95 mins
In Theaters: Thursday 26th May 2005
Distributed by: Artisan Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Overseas FilmGroup, Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG
Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5
IMDB: 5.2 / 10
Director: John Mackenzie
Producer: Jim Reeve
Screenwriter: Timothy Prager
Starring: Michael Keaton as Martin Raikes, Judith Godrèche as Lela Forin, Rade Šerbedžija as Oleg Butraskaya, Matthew Marsh as Michel Cote, Xander Berkeley as Joey Patterson, Kathleen Wilhoite as Beth Ann, Rachel Ferjani as Rachel, Elina Löwensohn as Vannessa, Clare Thomas as Emma
The eye-rolling setup gives us a banker (Keaton), who is sent off to Europe to check up on a film production his bank is backing. (Caine is the star of this film within a film.) Barely a day passes before a government official gets shot, and wouldn't you know it, Keaton is holding the rifle like a patsy. He goes on the run, with the crooks and the corrupt cops all after him. Keaton goes to outrageous lengths -- we're talking costumes, we're talking hiding in a vat of grease -- to evade capture, and eventually he hooks up with Caine and another film employee (Judith Godrèche, the requisite no-name femme fatale) to prove his innocence and out the real killers.
Yadda yadda yadda... throw in a kidnapped child (no way that kid is related to Keaton) and you've got the formula for what looks like a made-for-TNT flick shot in Slovakia on the cheap. Even fans of either Michael will find themselves alternately confused and bored out of their skulls.