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PEACEMAKER, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Ten nuclear warheads are stolen from one train to another, which is destroyed in what the appears to be an inexplicable nuclear explosion in a remote area of Southern Russia. The explosion causes a red alert at the White House Nuclear Smuggling Group where Dr Julia Kelly (Nicole Kidman), a nuclear physicist, joins forces with military liaison Colonel Thomas Devoe (George Clooney). The missing warheads have to be recovered before they are smuggled into Iran and in the hands of untouchable terrorists, become a threat to world peace. And even when recovered, a small, armed nuclear device can be devastating unless disarmed.

"Expectations have run high with this first DreamWorks movie, and the result is a major disappointment. Director Mimi Leder, helming her first feature, may well have excelled in strong television, but as an action director she has much to learn. Sluggish and slow, the film lacks any real character development which translates into some of the laziest acting seen in mainstream Hollywood for years. There's no spark in the on-screen relationship between Clooney and Kidman, and individually they're just as poor. Clooney gives a smug performance, a facile extension of his television character, while Kidman - from her look, to her lapsed accent, to a performance devoid of depth or passion. Having established that this couple is dull, the film itself moves at a snail's pace, but most of all, it makes at originality, predictable to the extreme. The idea of bad Russians stealing nuclear warheads only to be thwarted by the patriotic good guys has been around for decades, and yet The Peacemaker does it all again. This is a poor-person's Bond, minus the suaveness, sexiness, style and humour that goes with 007. This film has hackneyed villains and one-dimensional, dull characters, lifelessly directed. One can only hope that Spielberg and company have more sense than money for their future projects."
Paul Fischer

"Paul has said it all. Nearly. Iíll just add that confused story development and plot points that defy credibility add to the filmís woes. Technically proficient and superbly designed, the film is like a Hollywood movie shell which has not been filled with the right stuff. Okay for a mindless actioner, but hardly worthy of DreamWorks talent potential."
Andrew L. Urban

"With exotic locations, an intelligent story and non-stop white knuckle action sequences, audiences can really escape into this big budget joy ride. At the helm of her first feature is veteran TV director Mimi Leder. She moves the camera with great confidence. No longer bound by the television aspect ratio, Leder fills the entire frame with complex Steadicam shots and intricate movements of crane and dolly. Her sense of space is precise and economical. We see all that we need to understand the geography of a scene and witness the important action. Nicole Kidman plays Julia Kelly with a careful balance of strength and vulnerability. In dialogue that is refreshingly short on sexist sub-text, her weaknesses are connected to her inexperience, not her sex. The real star, though, is George Clooney. Clooney never appears to be extending himself much as an actor, and the part of Tom Devoe is not much of a stretch beyond television's favourite E.R. pediatrician, but it doesn't matter. Clooney's on screen persona is a blend of machismo, sex, and cuddly charm."
Richard McDonald

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PEACEMAKER, THE (M)
(US)

CAST: Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Marcel Iures, Alexander Baluev, Rene Medvesek, Gary Werntz, Randall Batinkoff, Alexander Strobele, Armin Mueller-Stahl

DIRECTOR: Mimi Leder

PRODUCERS: Walter Parkes, Branko Lustig

SCRIPT: Michael Schiffer

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dietrich Lohmann

EDITOR: David Rosenbloom

MUSIC: Hans Zimmer

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Leslie Dilley

RUNNING TIME: 121 mins

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 4, 1997

Video Release: January 21, 1999
Video Distributor: CIC







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