Monday, September 24, 2007

Miracle Mile (1988, Steve de Jarnatt)

I finally decided to check this one out after having this film recommended to me various times.I wish I could have seen it a lot sooner because it is a GREAT film despite its little flaws.

All you have to do is read the tag line on the poster to know what your getting into. "There are 70 minutes to the end of the world. Where can you hide?" The tag line of the film does not disappoint and after a 20 minute introduction to the characters we are thrust into this manic world where the world might or might not be ending in 70 minutes.

The "joy" then comes from seeing what the lead character will do for those 70 minutes as he tries to save a girl he just met, escape from LA, and find a helicopter pilot. Of course even hes not sure if the world will end or not. We are also not sure of this and as every minute passes, and things become more crazier, we are still not sure what will happen. This simple aspect and gimmick to the film works perfectly and the final 20 minutes of the film contain some of the most intense sequences that I have seen in a film ..

Some people might laugh at the film. They will call it stupid or laugh at how the films is a prime example of the fashion and times of the 80's. But if you are able to get past the leg warmers and mullets then you will find a heartbreaking and often intense film that truly feels like an adventure.

- A

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