Split Second

Dir: Tony Maylam
Star: Rutger Hauer, Neil Duncan, Kim Cattrall, Alun Armstrong .

This thoroughly enjoyable B-movie stars Hauer as screwed-up cop Harley Stone, who lives on sugar, coffee, adrenalin and irritating his co-workers, particularly his new partner (played by Taggart veteran Duncan). Still, it's a screwed-up world too, with London knee-deep in water, and an insane serial-killer slaughtering people in ominous fashion. The plot is, by and large, ludicrous: it's the interplay between Hauer and Duncan that make this work, as the latter's character slowly warps towards that of his colleague, culminating in the renowned "bigger guns" speech which nods to Jaws while simultaneously eclipsing it. The supporting cast includes Pete Postlethwaite, Ian Dury, Cattrall and Michael J. Pollard - one of them spends a lot of time in the shower, luckily, it's the one you'd expect. The film also delivers a fair bit of gore, and London is used to good effect. But this is Hauer and Duncan's movie, without a doubt, and it's one of the former's finest outings since The Hitcher.


He's going to need bigger guns
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