Review by Dragan Antulov|
1 star out of 4
The end of Cold War deprived the world of the movies featuring
rugged individuals who save free people from Red Menace. All those
nostalgic for those good old times could find traces of Hollywood's
Cold War in the plot of PLATO'S RUN, 1997 action film directed by
Protagonist of the film is Plato Smith (played by Gary Busey), mine
expert, former Navy SEAL and former CIA covert operative. After
the end of Cold War he is utterly bored and spends all of its time
hanging out with equally bored Cold War veterans in South Florida.
Lack of money and persuasive powers of his former flame Marta
(played by Tiani Warden) are reasons why he agrees to conduct
covert operation for Gomez (played by Salvador Levy), powerful
Cuban American. Gomez' son has been rotting in Castro's prison so
Plato goes to Cuba to rescue him. But when it turns out that "son"
was actually an assassin hired to kill Gomez, all hell breaks lose.
Plato is set up for murder and must hide himself not only from police
and vengeful Gomez's men, but also from Alexander Senarkian
(played by Roy Scheider), menacing arms dealer.
Plot about old, fat, unfit and bored Cold War veterans having to
show their deadly skills one more time had more potential than this
B-film finally delivered. More ambitious director could have turned
PLATO'S RUN into modern anti-western in the style of THE
SHOOTIST or simply treat the realm of Cold War action films as an
excellent source of parody material. Writer and director James Becket
failed to see such potential and turned PLATO'S RUN into just
another cheap and uninspired action film with predictable plot and
mostly bored actors. Roy Scheider is terrible to watch in the role of
cartoonish villain, while Steven Bauer fails to provide comic relief as
Plato's friend and associate Sam. On the other hand, the film has few
lucid and funny moments, especially those involving Gary Busey, but
there aren't enough of them to make this film into anything better
than barely watchable.
Copyright © 2003 Dragan Antulov