Sunday, January 8, 2012

365 Movies Day #208 "Surviving the Game"

Classic 90s action at its finest. And what a cast. Rutger Hauer plays a fantastic badguy and he's been here on the blog before with "CROSSWORLDS", "SPLIT SECOND" and "HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN". Charles S. Dutton ("Alien 3", "Legion", "MIMIC"and star of the "Roc" TV series) plays Rutger's partner as they gather hobos to hunt for sport by a group of rich folks. Kind of an opposite role for our resident Hobo with a Shotgun. The cast of those enjoying the unwholesome entertainment is equally cool with F. Murray Abraham ("Amadeus", "Scarface", "MIMIC" with Dutton, and "The Last Action Hero"), one of my personal favorite character actors in "Scrubs" own John C. McGinley ("Platoon", "Seven", "The Rock", "Point Break"), William McNamara and probably a legendary performance for the epic Gary Busey. Busey is a phenomenon of a human being with his roles on films like "Lethal Weapon", "Predator 2", "Point Break", "Lost Highway", "Under Seige", and then playing himself rather comedically in the show "Entourage". In fact, the following clip is perhaps one of the best scenes he has ever done:

But, here's a little hint when snagging hobos to hunt. Don't snag up gangsta rapper Ice-T! The man has made a name for himself on the show "Law and Order: SVU" and has been a part of some of my favorite flicks like "Johnny Mnemonic", "Tank Girl", "New Jack City" and "3000 Miles to Graceland". In this film, the down on his luck badass comes back with a vengeance to ruin some lives. Some great action scenes in this, a fun plot and it kicks the crap out of Woo and Van Damme's "Hard Target" (similar story). If you like 90s action and "Surviving the Game" isn't in your lexicon, you are wrong.

On a special note, director Ernest J. Dickerson was responsible for one of my favorite films of all time in the form of "TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT" and directed 3 episodes of the second season of "Walking Dead". Hats off for the solid entertainment sir.


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