Striking Distance (1993) Rowdy Herrington

Production Budget: $30 million

Gross: $23 million

So Bruce Willis plays a burned out wise cracking cop who doesn’t play by the rules. That sounds like another well known Bruce Willis movie. Tears of the Sun anyone? So anyway, his father is killed by a serial killer whom Hardy (Willis) believes is a cop. Hardy is fired and becomes a part of river patrol. It now appears as if the killer has an interest in Hardy as bodies start appearing in the river and they are people Hardy knows.

I have been going back through my early reviews and re-visiting them because they were rather short. It was a time when I was getting used to writing and wasn’t comfortable in my own style. I like to be methodical and really talk about a movie so people know what to expect. Why am I bringing this up? It’s because this review is going to be short namely because there is nothing to really talk about with this movie.

Striking Distance is a by the numbers cop thriller done so many times by Willis it is almost a genre in itself. Willis actually went on record apologizing for this movie sucking but really its not that bad. It is more a generic thriller you stumble on one boring night and you watch instead of the paid programming for that giggling dumbbell that looks like you are jerking off. If anything, Bruce should apologize for North.

Sorry, I keep getting distracted. Anyway, the movie is alright. You have a lot of good supporting performances from the likes of Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, Robert Pastorelli, and John Mahoney. Bruce Willis does his Bruce Willis thing which is satisfying enough. He is not quite as played up like in Last Boyscout, which is odd since the director of this movie made Roadhouse. The action is, again, alright with some good chase scenes and gun fights. The mystery is cliché but it works for the purposes of this movie.

That’s about it. It is an okay movie. I mean, I’ve now seen it like 3 or 4 times and I haven’t really minded any of those times. If you are really craving some Bruno action then you could rent this but otherwise there is nothing to make this stand out from every other stock cop thriller out there.

Sooooooooooo yeah. That’s all I got to say about that.

Um, how are you guys?


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