BLACK MOON RISING
Harley Cokliss (sometimes billed as Harley Cokeliss) is a genre director of basic competence who has always hovered just one step away from the Hollywood breadline it seems, turning in films like the childrens film The Glitterball (1977), this, Battletruck/Warlords of the 21st Century (1982), Malone (1987), Dream Demon (1988), Pilgrim/Inferno (2000) and Paris Connections (2010), but mostly being stuck on filler jobs like second-unit director on The Empire Strikes Back (1980), making Hercules: The Legendary Journeys tv movies and episodes of various tv series.
In his roughshorn way, Harley Cokliss proves adept enough at wringing out the suspense during scenes such as Tommy Lee Joness climb across the rope and during the various car chases. Black Moon Rising certainly entertains well enough. As a thriller, it is fairly one-dimensional one wishes it would get darker or more obsessive. As a hi-tech thriller, the hi-tech element only ever extends as far as the central gimmick of a slick, black high-speed car. The promising techno-thriller elements introduced at the start are quickly forgotten. In fact, after being introduced, the Black Moon itself sits idle up until the end of the film.
Tommy Lee Jones (well before becoming a big box-office name and winning an Oscar) is an effective hero, having to suffer the odd ghastly line: I was just passing this way and though Id drop in, he says as he collapses on Linda Hamiltons doorstep. Linda Hamilton, usually a bland actress, does a sophisticatedly cool turn in fact, her balance of chic sophistication and vulnerability made this one of her best performances and she one of the better things about Black Moon Rising.
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