Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Overlooked Movies -- Black Moon Rising

If you haven't seen this movie, you might not think of Tommy Lee Jones as the action hero and romantic lead type.  You might not think of him that way after you see the movie, either, but he does a pretty good job.  Besides, there's also Linda Hamilton with some great '80s hair, and she's a lot of fun.

As for the plot, stick with me now.  Jones plays a former CIA agent who's working for the government to steal a MacGuffin.  When the bad guys are closing in, he hides it in a prototype auto, the Black Moon.  A car-theft ring, of which Hamilton is the best thief and driver, steals the prototype, along with some other cars for the villainous Robert Vaughn, and it's hidden in his High-Rise Fortress of Autos.

Jones has both the MacGuffin's owner and the government after him.  Hamilton wants to get out of the car-stealing biz, and she has people after her, too.  So naturally he convinces her to help him steal the car back.

There's plenty of car-chase action here, and there's one great scene that was replicated (sort of) in a Fast and Furious movie.  Naturally Jones and Hamilton fall for each other in the course of events.

This is not a great movie, but it's fun, and the cast is tops.  Besides Jones, Hamilton, and Vaughn there are Richard Jaeckel, Keenan Wynn, William Sanderson, and Bubba Smith.  Check it out.


Jeff Meyerson said...

I can't understand how I missed this one, but it isn't familiar so apparently I did.


Jeff Meyerson said...

Also, it was co-written by John Carpenter.


George said...

I'm ordering a copy now. Like Jeff, I missed it.

Unknown said...

"From the Mind of John Carpenter."

Gerard said...

I watched this on Betamax and remember being bored and something about a car driving through a window.