Directed by: Stuart Baird
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Jr. Robert Downey, Joe Pantoliano, Kate Nelligan
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Distributed by: Warner Brothers
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Running Time: 131 minutes
Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
While it is hard to match the amazing “The Fugitive”, “U.S. Marshals” does well and is a fun and entertaining sequel. Tommy Lee Jones, returns to his Oscar-winning role from “The Fugitive” joined by Wesley Snipes (remember him?) and Robert Downey Jr. (pre-Iron Man). The effects in this film are great and the performances are action-packed. If you are looking for a good time with some great action, check out this Blu-ray. Great idea for a Father’s Day gift, hint…hint!
I have to tell you I am very impressed with the Blu-ray presentation from this film. Warner’s 1080p transfer looks amazing, it is really clear and sharp especially from a film shot over almost 15 years ago. The audio presentation is outstanding with its DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround track. The action sequences really shine and gave my speakers on my surround system a real workout.
The special features have been pulled from Warner’s 1998 DVD, but only a few of them not all. There is a commentary track from Director Stuart Baird, which is not the most engaging. “Anatomy of the Plane Crash” is a step-by-step breakdown of how the crash sequence was done. “Justice Under the Star” runs just about 20 minutes and looks into the history of the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Lastly there is Theatrical Trailer included.
Synopsis: Ladies and gentlemen, be alert. We are going to initiate a hard-target search for a fugitive in an ever-widening perimeter. We will wade through swamps, prowl Manhattan streets, search every house and doghouse. We’ll eat on the run, sleep tomorrow, watch our backs. And since Marshal Sam Gerard leads the hunt, we will experience suspense, action and daring twists every breathless step of the way. Returning to his Oscar-winning role from The Fugitive, Tommy Lee Jones is Gerard, joining an A-team including Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr. and director Stuart Baird. (Executive Decision) to deliver adrenaline-rush excitement. The suspect: armed, extremely dangerous, perhaps linked to a spy ring. The chase: highlighted by an out-of-control 727, a death match in a ship’s cargo hold, a 12-story plunge onto a moving train and more heart-pounding sequences. The movie: U.S. Marshals.