A Symphony of Bad Assitude
Sylvester Stallone’s Cliffhanger, which is pitiably getting the reboot treatment by Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious), was actually one of those under appreciated action films back in 1993, at least by this summer’s standards. Renny Harlin may be a complete hack, but occasionally he wraps just the right amount of explosives, action, and camp around his paper-thin plotlines to get you amiably through two hours inside a movie theater. In fact, Cliffhanger was a fun, often suspenseful movie that actually managed to give you nearly three hours of ridiculous entertainment, and it was zippy enough that you never looked down at your watch.
But, perhaps, the best thing about Cliffhanger was its trailer, which gave you just what you needed to ensure your visit to the theater: Beautiful scenery that John Lithgow ate every bit of, bombastic classical music, a little cash, some bullets in the snow, a stroked-out shirtless Stallone, and, of course, vertigo.
It’s a damn near perfect trailer, and though the movie itself is not as good as the trailer, I’m kind of itching to see it again now.