HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
To the Stars
Lady Godiva Rides Again
Angelfish
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
Legend of the Stardust Brothers, The
Mystery Team
Westward the Women
Demonwarp
Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The
Chloe
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Murder Inferno
Extraction
Overlanders, The
Can You Keep a Secret?
Women in Revolt
Astronaut
Peanut Butter Falcon, The
   
 
Newest Articles
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
Ozploitation Icon: Interview with Roger Ward
   
 
  Nowhere to Run The New Man
Year: 1993
Director: Robert Harmon
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rosanna Arquette, Kieran Culkin, Ted Levine, Tiffany Taubman, Edward Blatchford, Anthony Starke, Joss Ackland, Allan Graf, Leonard Termo, Stephen Bridgewater, Christy Botkin, Luana Anders
Genre: Action, Thriller, RomanceBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: This prison bus is transporting convicts to their sentences in jail, but on their way a car suddenly pulls out in front of it and causes the vehicle to flip over and crash into the roadside. One of the convicts is Sam Gillen (Jean-Claude Van Damme), who unbeknownst to the driver and the guard is in cahoots with the driver of the errant car: this is an escape attempt and the two criminals soon have Sam free and are headed off into the distance. But not before the guard manages to get a shot off at the disappearing car, and kills Sam's partner. Yet fate has other plans for the fugitive...

Although you wouldn't know it from the opening ten minutes, Nowhere to Run was not your usual Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, it wasn't even a biopic of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, it was a game try at opening up the appeal of the star to a wider audience than the usual beer and pizza crowd. Unfortunately, it might have tried to draw in the female audience, but the ladies who liked to watch him were happier watching the muscular Belgian kicking heads than trying to emote in sentimental scenes with Rosanna Arquette and the two children playing her offspring. It was not until JCVD around fifteen years later that he would try to reinvent himself again.

And even that was far more dramatic than what we got here, which was essentially a Western in modern guise (seeing Jean-Claude in an actual Western might have been more interesting, however). Think Shane with Van Damme replacing Alan Ladd and you're halfway there to what was achieved, if "achieved" meant halfheartedly warming over a story that had become a cliché in the intervening years. So we were asked to sit through scenes of the hero supposedly charming us by being nice to small children (Kieran Culkin and Tiffany Taubman) and romancing their widowed mother (Arquette) as all the while he comes to terms with not being such a bad chap after all.

Needless to say, this kind of thing has not gone down well with the Van Damme fans over the years, with the fight scenes coming in for criticism for their lack of conviction in comparison with the full on violence that they had been used to previously, and afterwards, for that matter. Yet if you think of Nowhere to Run as not so much an update of Shane and more a reimagining of a Charles Bronson effort off the seventies then perhaps it's a shade more palatable. If anything, it seems far too small scale, in spite of the plot that sees Sam take on the thugs of your basic corporate scum who are planning to "redevelop" the countryide where Arquette's family of three now live.

Needless to say, she and her neighbour are refusing to leave, but we can understand how disruptive the big business is because every so often they set off dynamite charges which shake their house, although curiously the head man Joss Ackland's office remains rock solid in spite of being at least a mile closer to the explosion. Said head man brings in tough guy Dunston to take care of anyone opposing him, not, sadly the funloving orang utan but actually a heavy played by Ted Levine, doing wonders with a stock role, though not quite enough to lift this above the average. Suffice to say, with Sam settling in with Arquette's Clydie, though still a wanted man, something's gotta give, and if you can't see where this pared down to the basics plot is heading then you might enjoy Nowhere to Run. For everyone else, you may well ponder that if Van Damme wanted an image change, he should have tried something more audacious, which he did eventually. Music by Mark Isham.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1934 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: