Jeepers Creepers, Where'd You Get Those** Sneakers **...
Feb 6, 2009
Review by captaind
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Fantastic cast, great script, loads of humour...
Cons:... a few bits that may offend some, otherwise nothing.
The Bottom Line: Sneakers is one of my favourite films ever. Seriously, what's not to love about it?!?
Sneakers is one of my all-time favourite films and I've lost count of how many times I've seen it. It starts off with a couple of teenagers hacking into various organisations and misappropriating funds - not to themselves, but to worthwhile (or, sometimes, just unlikely) causes. When there's a police bust one gets caught, one escapes.
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Jumping ahead a few years, the one who didn't get caught (Martin Bishop - Robert Redford) now runs his own business which still involves breaching security systems - but now he's testing them for them companies themselves. He has an interesting team working with him - including an ex-cop (Donald Crease - Sidney Poitier) and a conspiracy theorist ("Mother" - Dan Akroyd), who are always at each others' throats. The others include a young man (Carl Arbegast - River Phoenix) and a blind man ("Whistler" - David Strathairn). In terms of his place on the team, Whistler's lack of sight is more than compensated for by amazing technical ability, superb hearing and sharp intellect. Reluctantly an old flame of Martin's (Liz - Mary McDonnell) is drawn into the team - including the wholesale transformation of her house into a temporary base - when a job becomes much more complicated than it at first appeared.
One thing that puts Martin ahead in his chosen business is that he and his team understand the criminal mind, most of them having criminal minds themselves. However for those who've truly done their homework this can be used against them - some people's past can come back to haunt them, and even the former cop has a secret he'd rather remained that way. So when an extremely risky venture is proposed to them, Martin finds himself in no position to refuse - no matter how much he wants to.
With a great cast that includes not only those mentioned above but also the inimitable Ben Kingsley and James Earl Jones, a decent plot and a sharp script by Phil Alden Robinson (who also directed), Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes, this movie has a lot going for it. The dialogue is often excellent and the little snippets of banter between Poitier and Akroyd are very funny. All the cast were great, with Redford a likeable lead, Phoenix young, uncertain and eager to please; Akroyd with his conviction that the CIA are involved in everything from cattle mutilations to fake moon landings; Poitier as the ex-cop who's patience has almost worn out completely; McDonnel l as an attractive but anal-retentive teacher who wants a quiet life but can't quite resist Marty's charm and the elusive appeal of a dangerous and exciting existence. Though his portrayal of a blind man in some scenes seemed a little overly vulnerable, David Strathairn frequently steals the show - I really liked his character and his way of doing things, which had a huge impact on the film.
It doesn't matter one bit that much the hi-tech stuff in the films seems pretty old-fashioned now. Maybe it's not the cleverest or most stylish film ever made, but Sneakers never stops being entertaining, the plot is intriguing enough to keep you hooked and the humour is almost always spot-on. The music score (James Horner) is really fun too. The cast is fantastic and the script really plays to their strengths. Overall it's a hugely enjoyable film, and infinitely rewatchable. I expect it won't be long before I watch this again (and that's probably true whenever you read this!)
Year of release: 1992
Runtime: 126 minutes
It's rated PG-13 (US) 15 (UK) for brief sexual references. It's more suggested than actually done onscreen. There's a little bad language in, once strong, mostly mild.
There are loads of good quotes in this movie... here's a sample:
Cosmo: The world isn't run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. It's run by little ones and zeroes, little bits of data. It's all just electrons.
Martin Bishop: You know I could have been in the NSA, but they found out my parents were married.
Carl: It's fascinating what fifty bucks will get you at the county recorder's office.
Martin Bishop: What have you got?
Carl: Playtronics Corporate Headquarters, the complete blueprints.
Martin Bishop: Not bad. Not bad, Carl.
Carl: Well, thanks.
Martin Bishop: Where'd you get the fifty bucks?
Carl: Took it from Mother's wallet.
Martin Bishop: Good.
Whistler: Fellas, Janek's little black box is on his desk between the pencil jar and the lamp.
Mother: Uh, Whistler, I hate to tell you this, but you're blind.
Cosmo: Anyway, I couldn't have you talking to the Russians. Five years ago, yes, we could trust them not to go running to the F.B.I., or if they did we could trust the F.B.I. not to believe them, but today we can't trust anybody.
Liz: The man who folded this tube of Crest is looking for someone meticulous, refined. Anal.
[everyone turns around and looks at her meaningfully]
Sneakers is one of my Top Ten Films of the Nineties
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