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D-TOX

SYNOPSIS:
FBI agent Jake Malloy (Sylvester Stallone) has the task of tracking down a vicious serial cop killer, who has already killed nine officers. When he next strikes itís Jakeís girlfriend, Mary (Dina Meyer), and Jake takes it badly, sliding down depression alley on a bottle. Finally, his buddy and colleague Agent Charlie Hendricks (Charles S. Dutton) convinces him to try spending some time in a secluded and select de-tox bunker in the Wyoming wilderness, specially for cops, run by a former cop, Doc (Kris Kristofferson). But the killing starts again, right inside this snow-bound, blizzard-beaten cop-zone.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
You know what he did last movieÖ director Jim Gillespie (I Know What You Did Last Summer, in case you didnít pick up on my brilliant opening gambit), has done some of it again. Gillespie combines those slasher credentials with cop thriller and cop-down-and-depressed material for what is a half way decent Stallone vehicle. And for a Stallone vehicle, it kinda stalls on action, while the gruesome stuff will probably get its full due on the DVD. The premise is interesting, though, and as the bulk of the story is set in blizzard-bound Wyoming, we get a nice change in the weather (from the usual Los Angeles). The filmís biggest flaw is its murky story telling, as if confusion was part of the scare. Perhaps something was lost in the editing, but it feels as though we are marched through the plot details as if the only things that matter are the stalking scenes as one cop dies after another. All this takes place inside a bunker-like concrete building, an effective isolation chamber that echoes another sub-genre of the closed space thriller (or isolated spaceship, island fortress, etc). The bunker has its own effective sound design, which, like the score, are fine elements in a film that doesnít quite measure up to expectations but is worth an idle 95 minutes or so.

Review by Louise Keller:
While it may begin as a formulaic serial killer thriller, I especially enjoyed the beginning of D-Tox, Sylvester Stallone's latest chiller. The set up establishes the characters and shocks us as we are confronted with the horrors inflicted. Stallone is good at these roles, and although recent roles such as Copland have given him greater opportunity to show his talents in a new light, stereotype is not necessarily bad. Perhaps D-Tox (or Eye See You, as it was previously titled) was so keen to stay away from the expected, that it takes a sharp u-turn when we venture into the snowy wilderness, at which time Jake agrees to check into the remote cop-detox center in the middle of nowhere. Blizzard conditions and solitary confinement with only their demons to keep company are the perfect ingredients for a killer ready to strike. It's when the body count starts to rise dramatically that the plot becomes rather incredible, but along the way there are plenty of tense, jumpy moments and hooded characters about whom to wonder. Cinematographer Dean Semler has his work cut out for him, shooting in harsh and remote freezing conditions in the Callaghan Valley where a record snowfall was taking place. But he has done a splendid job and the film looks great with plenty of contrast between the initial city scenes, the icy landscape and the barren starkness of the detox centre. An interesting cast includes Geoffrey Wright, (looking very different from his great role in Basquat), Polly Walker and the always fascinating Kris Kristofferson. If have a weak stomach, be prepared to look away: there are a few gory scenes that you may want to avoid. Of course the title isn't everything, but for my money, I think the filmmakers could have come up with something more enticing than D-Tox or Eye See You. Although it doesn't offer much out of the ordinary to entice, D-Tox is a well made, routine thriller with a compelling cast.



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 2

D-TOX (MA)
(US)
[aka Eye See You]

CAST: Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Charles S. Dutton, Sean Patrick Flanery, Dina Meyer, Robert Patrick, Robert Prosky, Courtney B. Vance, Polly Walker, Jeffrey Wright and Kris Kristofferson

PRODUCERS: Ric Kidney, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Karen Kehela, Kevin King

DIRECTOR: Jim Gillespie

SCRIPT: Ron L. Brinkerhoff

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dean Semler

EDITOR: Steve Mirkovich

MUSIC: John Powell

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Gary Wissner

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 31, 2002

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

VIDEO RELEASE: August 7, 2002 [available also on DVD]







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