After the Sunset: Glen Wilson
Owen Gleiberman
November 10, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

After the Sunset

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/12/04
performer
Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Don Cheadle, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris
director
Brett Ratner
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Craig Rosenberg, Paul Zbyszewsky
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Sidling into a tiki bar, Pierce Brosnan turns up his nose at all the fruity ”exotic” drinks and orders a Jack Daniel’s. ”Doesn’t have a fancy name,” he growls, ”but if it was good enough for Frank, it’s good enough for me.” I’m not sure that line would have been good enough for Frank, but Brosnan, still sexy in gray stubble, delivers it as though it was. Set in the Bahamas, After the Sunset is a fun-in-the-sun heist caper that director Brett Ratner stages as if he were the activities director of a cruise ship. He wants us to get off on the packaged trappings — the umbrella cocktails, the cavernous hotel suites, the postcard vistas — and the actors perform with such cheeky, hey-we’re-on-location! nonchalance that the movie barely musters the illusion that there’s anything at stake.

That, however, is just what’s appealing about it. As Brosnan’s Max, a diamond thief extraordinaire, ”retires” to the islands with his lover and accomplice (Salma Hayek), we know that he’s really going in for one last score, and so does Stan (Woody Harrelson), the defrocked FBI agent who has tailed him there. As the two attempt to outwit each other, even if it means crawling into the same bed, the result is a knowingly preposterous toy thriller — a sheer escape from consequence. After the Sunset is really a tropical knockoff of the 1999 Thomas Crown Affair remake, with the Rene Russo character split in two. Hayek doesn’t have much to do besides pout and doff her clothes, but she does that extremely well, and Harrelson, as Brosnan’s buddy/nemesis/stalker, turns his goofiness into a royal prank on the audience.

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