VERTICAL LIMIT, you could have been such
a fine little action movie. But, alas,
you turned out to be the redheaded stepchild
of the genre.
seems everything was just a bit off for
this film. Good actors, bad acting. Perfect
setting, trite usage. Good plot and script
possibilities, bad plot and bad script.
See where Iím going here?
premise of VERTICAL LIMIT isnít striking,
but in fact quite ordinary for an action
flick. Yet the setting, high in the mountains
of Pakistan, is rather unusual and provides
the film with some breathtaking scenic
shots. The basic plot summary follows:
girl climbs really, really tall mountain,
avalanche places girl in peril, brother
and team of experts rescue girl from mountain.
Maybe not on a snow-capped peak, but everyone
has seen this story before.
why didnít I go into VERTICAL LIMIT knowing
it wasnít going to be all that great?
Honestly, because with action movies,
recycled plots donít always matter so
long as the action sequences kick ass
and the acting isnít so bad that it takes
away from the action. So my brain thought,
"Oooh, snow and big mountains, this should
be interesting." But in a word, no.
from beautiful snowy mountains, VERTICAL
LIMIT also has a quite respectable cast.
Starring aging teen heartthrob Chris OíDonnell
(SCENT OF A WOMAN, BATMAN FOREVER) and
the once-wonderful, now Queen Of Choosing
Bad Movies (see END OF DAYS) Robin Tunney,
I thought I was in for a treat. But OíDonnell
and Tunney seem to have lost their respective
touches and/or talent. And donít even
get me started on Bill Paxton, who, as
the evil billionaire leading the climbing
expedition, reminded me more of a possessed
Bill Gates than an eccentric wealthy person.
Acting lessons please! You have money,
you must see VERTICAL LIMIT, see it for
the special effects and the damn cool
climbing sequences. For me, this is what
made the film worth the two hours of my
life I spent watching it. Kudos to the
effects team, you saved a potentially
right, truly VERTICAL LIMIT isnít that
bad. Not really. For an action film, it
provides a generally entertaining adrenaline
rush, but still leaves the audience wanting
more. Like actors who still have talent
and a script that isnít completely predictable
from start to finish. Itís a shame VERTICAL
LIMITóyou coulda been a "contenda."