Movie Review: U.S. Marshals

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120873/

Score: 6.8/10

U.S. Marshals is the sort of sequel to The Fugitive, one of the best action movies that came out of the 1990’s. While the story is completely unrelated to the protagonist from The Fugitive, it does take place in the same universe and retains Tommy Lee Jones’ character.

The story focuses on a tow truck driver who gets accused of murder. Later a plane crashes and he some how escapes hist arrest. That’s when Tommy Lee Jones’ character comes along and must track down this new fugitive.

Unlike The Fugitive, this movie mostly stars Tommy Lee Jones. Supporting actors include Wesley Snipers and Robert Downey, Jr. Everyone is pretty good in their roles.

The only downside to this film is the story. It’s a convoluted mess while also being very derivative. Not to spoil too much, but it somehow forces a movie about crime into a spy thriller. It’s just a bit too much and a far cry from what was achieved in The Fugitive. A story can be ridiculous, but at some point it gets hard to believe. The story here goes a bit too far for me.

The action is still pretty awesome though. There are a lot of set pieces in the film and they are all pretty cool. There’s the airplane scene which was done very well. There’s also that big stunt where he jumps off a roof with only a string attached and then hops onto a moving train. It’s some practical action from a time before special effects got as good as they are now.

Overall, the story is dumb, but the action is good. I could go either way with whether to recommend someone watch this or skip it. I enjoyed it for what it was, but The Fugitive didn’t need any kind of sequel and I certainly didn’t need this movie in my life.

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