Thursday, June 28, 2012

Split Second (Tony Maylam, 1992)

Few movies from my teens and 20s have stuck with me. Split Second is, however, one such film. I worked at a video store when it came out, and remember seeing the trailer, thinking it would be utter crap, and the trailer does do this, rest assured. It is quite a fun movie though.

Our hero is Detective Harley Stone, played my the venerable Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, The Hitcher, Soldier of Orange, The Osterman Weekend, Nighthawks... need I go on? Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sin City, Hobo with a Shotgun, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Ladyhawke). Stone is superficially your typical loose-canon cop who has worked all over the world, and been fired by them all. Somehow, he lands a detective job in (then) futuristic London. Not Somalia, London. The film takes place in 2008, and is oddly on-par with the United States' position on global warming. The world is flooding, and London is waist deep for the most part.

Stone's partner was killed by a mysterious creature, originally thought to be a man, but the poster gives the true nature away. Stone is somehow able to sense the killer's presence, but never in time to do anything about it. He is teamed up with Detective Dick Durkin (Alastair Duncan, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mad Men, Babylon 5), an expert on serial killers. He is the Felix to Stone's Oscar, and as typical in these films, the two do not get along. Kim Cattrall (Sex in the City, Big Trouble in Little China, Porky's) is Michelle, widow of Stone's murdered partner, and Stone's former lover. Also, look for a lot of "famous" faces, particularly if you are British.

Eventually we learn what the poster tells us. The killer is actually a inter-dimensional being and has returned to wreak further havoc for reasons that may or may not be clear to the viewer. But first, he spends his time emotionally harassing Stone and threatening the lives of those around him.

I decided to do a review (as much as my reviews can be called "reviews"), one because I love this movie, and two because it is on Youtube in it entirety. Now, I warn you; it does start a little weakly, and to be truthful does not have the most impressive ending. It is a wonderful little film though. Call of Cthulhu gamers will appreciate the "sanity check" aspect of the film, as the monster doesn't just scare and make you want to kill it, it warps your sense of reality. There is quite a bit of Mythos to it as well. Definitely worth a watch, seeing as Youtube is free, and I gather if you are reading this you already have internet access. ;-)

Special thanks to bluebottlewing on Tumblr for pointing out that the film was on Youtube.

8 comments:

Keir said...

Wow- I remember the poster when I was working at a video store too! Never saw it as I assumed it was as crummy as the others, but I'll give it a go this weekend!

Darius Whiteplume said...

You can definitely find a worse way to spend 90-ish minutes. The vid quality on Youtube is pretty good as well, though it is fullscreen.

Ninja Dixon said...

I wonder if this was the start of Rutger's decent into very cheap DTV movies? Don't misunderstand me, I like this movie a lot - but it felt tailor made for the video industry and kinda cemented Rutger as a "rent-boy".

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Split Second is an atrocious pile of horse-shit simply because it was shot in Britain, just imagine what a a great movie it would have been if it had been made in America. By the way, i want to bugger Kim Cattrall (as the bird was in 1974 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).

Darius Whiteplume said...

Very possible. I guess Hauer didn't have the muscle-head clout of Van Damme or Segal, despite having a far superior resume.

Darius Whiteplume said...

If it had been made in America it would have really been made in Canada :-)

jervaise brooke hamster said...

As long as it had been made ANYWHERE other than Britain it would have been a great movie, Britain only ever produces unwatchable garbage.

Darius Whiteplume said...

You may have a point there ;-)

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