After stealing the second of three Napoleon diamonds, right
under the nose of his FBI nemesis Stan Lloyd (Harrelson), master thief Max
Burdett (Brosnan) decides to retire to the Caribbean with his girl friend
and partner in crime Lola (Hayek). Six months later he discovers that the
final diamond is coming into port as the showpiece exhibit on a cruise liner
but as the ship arrives on the island so does Agent Lloyd. Can Max control
his temptation of stealing the last jewel or will he give in and complete
his life's work?
Whether he is a super spy or a gentleman thief, Pierce Brosnan
is the epitome of suave sophistication but can he keep up his reputation
in his latest big screen adventure?
Rolling in money, living the high life and having a beautiful
girl on his arm is what Brosnan's big budget persona is all about and After
the Sunset does nothing to change that. No stranger to the master thief
role, after playing it so successfully in 'The Thomas Crown Affair', Brosnan
plays Max Burdett with ease and still oozes style and charisma. The role
isn't much of a push for the actor but he creates a character that you cannot
help but like and he makes it easy for you to get behind someone who is
actually breaking the law.
Supporting him is arguably one of the most beautiful women
working in Hollywood today, Salma Hayek. Setting the film in the Caribbean
gives the filmmakers the chance to get her is some extremely tight clothes
or virtually nothing at all. She has a magnificent body but she also has
the acting talent to back this up. Even though she is incredibly gorgeous
you never question her intelligence or ability as an actress as she creates
characters that most people can connect with and instantly like.
The third main player is the underrated Woody Harrelson as
Agent Stan Lloyd. He is an actor who has proved his ability in films like
'The People vs. Larry Flint' and 'Natural Born Killers' but he still doesn't
seem to get the higher profile roles he deserves. In 'After the Sunset'
he returns to his comedic roots that served him so well in 'Cheers' by creating
a character that is unintentionally funny. It is the chemistry between Brosnan
and him that ties the film together, as their relationship changes from
one of loathing to friendship and back again. Hopefully this will raise
Harrelson's profile again as he really needs to start showing some bouncebackability
in his career.
In supporting roles, the always-excellent Don Cheadle is criminally
underused but Brit actress Naomie Harris makes a strong Hollywood as local
Director Brett Ratner continues his trend of producing entertaining
popcorn movies. His movies never really push the cinematic envelope, even
when he has more complicated material (such as Red Dragon) but you cannot
call any of his films dull. He does get good performances out of his actors
and they always look good but he really needs a movie that will start you
thinking of him as a director to watch.
After the Sunset is a good piece of popcorn entertainment.
The three main characters are good and the movie looks great in it Caribbean
location. The heist plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing
but the ending is not as satisfying as it could have been. There is enough
here however to steal your attention for the full one hundred minutes but
don't expect it to be a cinematic jewel.
The Thomas Crown
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