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Chasers Review

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A hapless Navy grunt is assigned SP duty. The catch : he must escort a beautiful female prisoner on her way to prison for going AWOL

★★★★

On the evidence of this potty movie, one can only surmise that the normally discerning director Dennis Hopper may be suffering from a temporary loss of reason. Whatever the excuse, he owes us a something really (ital) special to make up for this sub-video quality effort, fuelled up on pure brainlessness.
Based loosely on the 1973 Jack Nicholson movie The Last Detail, what plot there is follows sex-bomb, ex-Baywatch babe Eleniak jail-bound for going AWOL from her navy duty. Her escorts are has-been Naval NCO Berenger and his partner, young pretty boy swabbie McNamara, transporting her from their station to a detention centre along the trashy South-eastern seaboard. And, in not an awfully surprising manner, things don’t run to plan.
Quite indefinable in type, this hotch-potch of comedy, thriller and even sketchier romance, fails on just about every count. Eleniak seems present only to display the extent of her physique, and land herself in a rather salty sex scene with McNamara, who acquits himself with total blankness. Worst of all is Berenger who has gone from the Oscar nominated multi-layered brilliance of his Platoon sergeant to this overweight, hard-guy vet lumbering around without an ounce of conviction. To alleviate the tedium there is a set of curious cameos — Gary Busey, Seymour Cassel, Crispin Glover, Marilu Henner — but they do nothing to shake the impression that no other film released this year has managed to collapse to this level of crudity or stupidity.

Poor man's Midnight Run.

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