Tödliche Geschwindigkeit (1994)

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Tödliche Geschwindigkeit: Directed by Deran Sarafian. With Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski, James Gandolfini, Christopher McDonald. A maverick skydiver and a former KGB agent team up to stop the Russian mafia from stealing gold.

“When Ditch Brodie takes a novice skydiver (Chris Morrow) up in his plane for lessons, she tragically falls to her death. Brodie loses his license and tries to live with the loss. However an closer look at a video of the accident reveals a second plane where a body was thrown to impersonate Chris. Brodie investigates and uncovers a plot to capture sensitive information and return it to Russia.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is a really fun film. Itu0026#39;s not meant to be a masterpiece or a deep political thriller. It is meant to be a fun ride through exaggerated characters and silly set pieces. The plot is almost pointless – itu0026#39;s just an excuse to hang the set pieces around. However what you do get is Sheen overacting, great action scenes – the best being Sheen skydiving after a car which has Kinsji locked in the trunk. You understand? – itu0026#39;s meant to be big dumb fun. Personally I think this is better than a lot of big summer films that have big special effects scenes and ridiculous plots but try to take themselves seriously. This knows itu0026#39;s all a bit unlikely but enjoys itself anyway.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSheen is the key to the tongue-in-cheek approach. He doesnu0026#39;t play a character – he almost just plays himself! Even when heu0026#39;s in action scenes heu0026#39;s smiling – because heu0026#39;s having fun! and it makes me enjoy it a lot more. Kinski almost has as much fun in her role, but she has to carry a lot of the plot so she is more serious at time. A pre-Sopranos James Gandolfini is menacing in his small bad guy role and Melvin Van Peebles makes an appearance to show that itu0026#39;s not just his son that can do daft films.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall itu0026#39;s silly dumb fun. Sheen enjoys himself so why canu0026#39;t you?”

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