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The Long Kiss Goodnight

The Long Kiss Goodnight

What he said:

He

I’ve got money that says a good number of you haven’t seen this movie. It did “ok” in theaters and also has a respectable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but I wouldn’t exactly call it popular. I can’t say I’ve heard a whole lot of discussion about it. And trust me, I know stuff;  I’m the kind of guy who spends a little time roaming the net and discussing the finer details of film (like who can win in a fight involving John McClane and Martin Riggs).  

This movie is all kinds of awesome. I loved every insane minute of it.

The movie is about a former CIA agent (played by Geena Davis) who has developed amnesia and forgotten who she is. Instead of working as an assassin, she now lives in a small town in Pennsylvania as a school teacher with a young daughter and steady boyfriend.

Fully aware of her memory problem, she’s been known to hire the occasional private investigator. The most current one is Mitch Henessey, who is played be a very in his prime Samuel L. Jackson. Man was he good in this. He’s got some really funny lines in this movie. This was a very entertaining performance. I loved his wardrobe too!

I cannot ignore Geena Davis’ performance though. She’s not the first actress I think of when thinking of bad-ass women on screen, but you’d never know it by watching this movie. She took every bit of madness the script threw at her and went with it. Her performance as Samantha/Charly was one for the ages. I wouldn’t hesitate at all to put her on the list of one of the baddest female characters of all time.  

There are all kinds of good supporting roles in this too.

I give director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger) and writer Shane Black (Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout) a heck of a lot of credit for putting together all the pieces necessary to deliver a fun, action-packed movie.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was given the seal of approval by “The He” on April 11, 2011.

What she said:

He

Oh man, so this one time I woke up from amnesia and realized I was a CIA assassin with awesome ninja powers.  Ok, so that wasn’t actually me.  It was Geena Davis in this circa 1996 action/thriller A Long Kiss Goodnight.  I had seen bits and pieces of this movie several times, and it was pretty entertaining, but my husband went out and bought the flick, which forced me to sit down and take it all in in one sitting.  Now, the fact that my first attempt to make it through the movie was unsuccessful really had little to do with the quality of the film.  It had much more to do with my general lack of sleep the night before.  Simply put, the back of my eyelids became more interesting.  But during my second sitting I was actually able to make it through and I have to say, it was a pretty good movie.

Hmm…a little unbelievable, which I guess is stating the obvious, but not too bad.  Samuel L. Jackson really makes the movie.  He plays one of his classic snarky sidekick characters who gets his tush kicked but plays a crucial role in saving the day.  You can tell how far into the movie you are by how bruised and beaten Samuel L. is.  Bloody nose?  You’re probably only about half way.  Covered in oozy crusty red mess?  You’re likely close to the end. 

I get the sense this movie is about more than a former CIA agent kicking butt—there’s something in there about a terrorism conspiracy—but I honestly didn’t really get it, and frankly don’t care to.  There’s enough action, fighting, and general butt whooping to keep me satisfied either way.

Diagnosis: Thumbs mostly up.