“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Alternate (2000)
How bad is it? It's a very shoddy by-the-numbers thriller. Should you see it? It's a bit high budget for my taste, but it has its moments.
This film came to my attention when it was released because some of the advertising misidentified Ice-T as the only other black actor in the film. The film itself is just as careless. It stars Eric Roberts and Michael Madsen, as well as Ice-T, all of whom have made some clinkers in their careers. There's a fake abduction of the President of the USA done to boost popularity before an election that's made real and then the rest of the film is trying to make things right.Thousands of bullets are fired, with nothing getting hit. "Crowds" of maybe 10 people protest with identical signs. An extra flashes the "loser" sign to the camera. Repeated footage shows some guys dying twice. The final sequence has Roberts being asked who he is and saying, "I'm the replacement," which makes me think this film was intended to be called "The Replacement," but got retitled after shooting.