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Movie Review: 'Most Wanted'

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Most Wanted

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Jill Hennessy, Eric Roberts, Jon Voight, Keenen Ivory Wayans
genre:
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Inoffensive man-on-the-run fluff, and that’s the problem: While mainstream moviegoers may instantly forget it, action addicts will be ticked that not enough stuff blows up. Keenen Ivory Wayans plays a covert-op hitman set up as the fall guy when his team kills the first lady (which — nice pop-culture move — allows the film to both cater to Hillary Haters and express outrage at them). He skedaddles around L.A. trying to get the goods on his boss, a Southern-fried general portrayed by Jon Voight with what can only be described as post-Anaconda dementia. You’ve seen a lot of this before: car chases through the L.A. canals, a leading lady (Jill Hennessy) who’s a doctor only so that she can supply the hero with crucial medical records. But there are fresh touches: a bemusing scene in which Wayans is recognized and chased by hundreds of Angelenos, Eric Roberts underacting as a CIA spook. And at least Wayans (who also scripted) is learning to balance his comic and macho sides. Too bad he chose the dullest aspects of both. C

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