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.

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