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CLIFFHANGER

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Cliffhanger

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Sylvester Stallone
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B-

CLIFFHANGER (R) It has a few moments of lyrical, pulse-quickening vertigo, but this mountaintop thriller is also packed with beatings, knifings, impalings, shootings, explosions. It’s Die Hard V at 13,000 feet. A crew of thieves, led by-what else?-a psychotic British mastermind (John Lithgow), hijack a U.S. Treasury cargo jet and abscond with $100 million. When their small plane crash-lands, they coerce two members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Team (Sylvester Stallone and Michael Rooker) into retrieving the lost cash. Cliffhanger delivers its quota of preposterous thrills, but too much of it is devoted to the sort of kick-ass action set pieces that would have worked just as well in urban alleyways. In spatial-logistical terms, the movie makes almost no sense. B-