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Fled

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Fled

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Stephen Baldwin, Laurence Fishburne, Salma Hayek, Kevin Hooks, Will Patton
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a C+

Do road-gang escapees always address one another as ”convict” and make references to old movies? They do according to Fled, a Defiant Ones retread dumbed down for ’90s audiences with coarse language and juvenile situations. Fishburne looks embarrassed as the falsely imprisoned cop shackled to obnoxious hacker Baldwin, whose electronic pilfering of a Mob-run corporation inadvertently secured info wanted by Uncle Sam — making the fugitives targets of feds and felons alike. Director Kevin Hooks (Passenger 57) tries camouflaging the script’s tired plot contrivances and inane dialogue (to Fishburne’s craving for bubble baths, Baldwin replies, ”I hope you choke and drown on the bubbles”) with elaborately staged action and gratuitous violence that’s a lot less jolting on a small screen.