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FX2: The Deadly Art of Illusion

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FX2: The Deadly Art of Illusion

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
108 minutes
performer:
Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Joanna Gleason, Philip Bosco, Rachel Ticotin
director:
Richard Franklin
distributor:
Orion Pictures
author:
Bill Condon
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

The first F/X (1986) was an okay thriller that didn’t make canny enough use of the hero’s special-effects expertise. In FX2, Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is once again teamed up with the ebullient detective Leo McCarthy (Brian Dennehy). This time they’re trying to foil a conspiracy centering on eight stolen gold medallions handmade by Michelangelo. Rollie comes up with a few amusing gimmicks — the most irresistible involves a mechanical clown whose body moves in perfect synch with whoever’s controlling him — and Brown, with his arch Aussie deadpan, makes an appealingly lean and mean hero. But the movie itself is convoluted and almost unbelievably lackluster. Even more than before, the filmmakers fail to make Rollie’s magic bits organic to the suspense. C-