July 8, 2015

Dangerously Close

Not without it's charm, this movie didn't have any of the overly crazy elements many other Cannon movies embrace. Actually, this one's ending caught me off guard because it was sort of reasonable...

The plot unfolds something like this: A group of rich boys have taken it upon themselves to rid their beloved school of a recent rash of petty crimes. Acting on the unfounded idea that the poorer students are responsible for said crime, the gang tracks down some of these less fortunate classmates and literally terrorize them. (Of course, the irony that they're "fighting" crime with terrorism is totally lost on them.) Meanwhile, students have been going missing and the whole school believes the vigilantes to be responsible. But are they really responsible, or are they just the victims of vicious-rich boy stereotyping?

Things to watch for: A twist ending you can likely see coming but plays pretty well anyway, with a twist reveal that you couldn't possibly see coming. Loads of dudes too old to play high schoolers playing high schoolers anyway. The main antagonist/co-writer obviously writing some choice scenes for himself. Some nice commentary on the fine line between vigilantes and criminals.

Things to look away for: Some step-sibling incest/sexual-assault scenes (that thankfully stop short of nudity).

“That Guy!” moment with: Miguel A. Nunez Jr. (The Return of the Living Dead, Action Jackson, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning)

What we learned: Filming your acts of terrorism against your fellow classmates might not be the best idea if you want to keep those acts of terrorism secret...

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