AFTER THE SUNSET: DVD
Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) and his beautiful accomplice, Lola (Salma Hayek), have pulled off yet another major heist, the second Napoleon diamond, from under the nose of FBI Agent Stan Lloyd (Woody Harrelson), and are retiring to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. However, Stan has spent seven years doggedly pursuing Max, only to be foiled time after time. He thinks the two are planning to lift the third and almost priceless Napoleon diamond, scheduled to arrive off Paradise Island via a highly secured cruise ship as part of a touring exhibition. Stan turns up on Paradise Island to catch Max, while Max swears he isn't interested, which is good news to Lola. But when the diamond does get stolen, Lola suspects Max, and so does Stan.
Review by Louise Keller:
There are two kinds of people in the world - some who are content to watch the sunset and some who are not. Pierce Brosnan's master jewel thief Max is apparently one of the latter, and even though he has officially retired and is now living the easy life in the Bahamas, life in Paradise doesn't seem to be all it's cracked up to be. Salma Hayek as Lola, his voluptuous partner in crime is finding it easier to adapt, and has even taken up carpentry, to put the finishing touches to the deck extension that lies between their spacious bungalow, the beach and the sparkling turquoise waters. That's not to say he hasn't tried. But exchanging pleasantries with wealthy, overweight tourists over lobster each night has lost its appeal and it's the thrill of the chase that he longs for.
There's so much eye candy in After The Sunset, that it's easy to forgive its silly plot. Set in the idyllic surrounds of the tropical Bahamas, there's Pierce Brosnan in rugged, unshaven mode and Salma Hayek looking fetching in a skimpy bikini. Plus there's Woody Harrelson as Stan, the persistent and obsessed FBI agent who is hot on Max's trail, and it's clear from the beginning that Stan actually wishes he were more like Max. There's a lot of smooching, a daring diamond heist and the expected twists and turns that keep us entertained. Like a holiday page-turner, there's nothing terribly profound in this heist movie cum-comedy, but the characters are likeable and it's easy on the eye.
After The Sunset sets itself up to be a heist movie, a romance and a buddy movie. But the buddy theme between Max and Stan is the film's least successful part and many of the scenes between the two men are contrived and overworked. Why would Max pay for Stan's extravagant hotel suite with all the trimmings, or go fishing with him? And can we really believe Max would resort to sharing a double bed with Stan after Lola kicks him out? The situations are played for laughs and destroy some of the great authenticity that Hayek achieves with her luscious Lola. Don Cheadle is good value as the local crim wanting diamond-stealing advice and Naomie Harris as the local cop has as much attitude as one of those exotic Caribbean cocktails decked with a frilly umbrella.
Published April 21, 2005
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AFTER THE SUNSET: DVD (M)
CAST: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Don Cheadle, Naomie Harris, Chris Penn
PRODUCER: Beau Flynn, Jay Stern
DIRECTOR: Brett Ratner
SCRIPT: Paul Zbyszewski, Craig Rosenberg
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dante Spinotti (underwater by Peter Zuccarini)
EDITOR: Mark Helfrich
MUSIC: Lalo Schifrin
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Geoffrey Kirkland
RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Tba
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: April 21, 2005