September 28, 1997 -- Dreamworks, the new film company made up of some of Hollywood's heaviest hitters, plays it safe with their first film, a standard actioner called "The Peacemaker."
The film stars ER heart throb George Clooney as Col. Thomas Devoe, a tough, irreverent, military officer assigned to a team headed by an ambitious nuclear weapons expert Dr. Julia Kelly, played by Nicole Kidman. The team must recover nukes stolen from Russia by a renegade Russian General Kodoroff (Alexaner Baleuv).
The recovery of the weapons is tough because they are up against a bunch of smart, ruthless criminals and some fanatical Bosnian terrorists. The crooks and crazies and their numerous disposable henchmen lead Clooney and Kidman on a Bond-like chase all over Europe.
Clooney is adequate, while Kidman turns in a believable performance. The film does try harder than most to put a human face on the terrorists, with Marcel Iures portraying the tortured terrorist, Dusan Gavrich. The action sequences in the film are standard Hollywood issue, except for one. There's a good scene involving a bridge, a helicopter, a fight and an exploding truck. There is also one interesting fantasy sequence. The director, Mimi Leder, seems to be overly fond of Steadycam shots to the point where they distract the viewer. The movie also strains credulity at times, but it is entertaining enough. It rates a C.
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