The Specialist

1994

Action / Crime / Drama / Romance / Thriller

98
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 4%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 29%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 54957

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Sylvester Stallone as Ray Quick
Sharon Stone as May Munro
Eric Roberts as Tomas Leon
James Woods as Ned Trent
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23.976 fps
1hr 50 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 50 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Tweekums 7 / 10

Fairly predictable action but fun none the less

Ten years previously Ray Quick and Ned Trent worked together; Ray rigged bombs and Ned triggered them. The worked for the CIA targeting some very dubious characters but had a falling out when Ned wouldn't abort a mission because there was a child in a drug dealer's car. Afterwards Ray sees to it that Ned no longer works for the CIA.

When May Munro was a child she witnessed the murder of her parents at the hands of Tomas Leon, son of Miami drug lord Joe Leon, and two of his henchmen; now she want to hire Ray to take them out as he specialises in hits that only take out the target not innocent bystanders. Initially he declines but as he sees her putting herself in danger he accepts the job. It won't be that easy though; after the first target is taken out Joe Leon employs Ned to find the killer; he also bribes a corrupt police chief to make Ned lead the investigation into the killing. As Ray closes in on his targets it becomes apparent that May might not have been as trustworthy as first appeared; she may be using Ray to get her revenge but Ned is using her to draw Ray out so he can get his revenge.

This might not be a classic of the genre but it contains enough enjoyable material to make it worth watching. The story is a bit cliché and there aren't too many surprises but the action is solid and there are plenty of impressive explosions which lead to some inventive deaths for the bad guys; most notable when an overhanging hotel room is blown up and collapses into the sea, landing on a thug who had already been blown through the window. We also get an entertaining fight scene early on where Ray deals with some yobs on a bus. While the cast aren't on top form they are certainly good enough; Stallone is solid as Ray and Sharon Stone brings some sexiness to the role of May. However it is James Woods who steals the show as Ned; he may be a bit of a pantomime villain but he is still entertaining in an over the top way. Overall I'd say that this is worth watching if you are a fan of the genre or of Stallone films.

Reviewed by Uriah43 4 / 10

A Big Disappointment All the Way Around

This movie begins in Colombia with two men named "Ray Quick" (Sylvester Stallone) and "Ned Trent" (James Woods) getting ready to blow up a car being driven by a drug lord when Ray spots a child in the backseat and tells Ned to abort the mission. But when his partner refuses--and the bomb subsequently explodes and kills both passengers—a fight ensues which results in extremely bad feelings between them afterward. The scene then shifts to Miami where a beautiful woman named "May Munro" (Sharon Stone) has request that Ray kill three men who murdered her parents when she was a child. The problem is that Ray is an explosives expert and doesn't feel comfortable with the job at hand. But after following May in order to gather more information concerning the task at hand he reluctantly agrees. Yet, even though his assignment is certainly difficult, what he doesn't know is that Ned has formed an uneasy business partnership with these men and he has been forewarned that Ray might be coming after them. Needless to say, Ned would love another opportunity to get back at Ray for what happened earlier. At any rate, having reviewed the basic plot I must admit that, in spite of the solid cast, this film turned out to be more than a little disappointing. For starters, it appeared that neither Sylverster Stallone nor Sharon Stone really cared that much about this film and simply went through the motions. Be that as it may, while those who like pyrotechnics might enjoy this film, I must say that—given the quality cast--I don't think it lived up to its potential and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly below average.

Reviewed by SimonJack 5 / 10

Mob, revenge, and lots of pyrotechnics in this crime film

Miami mob rule, revenge, and a contest between two former CIA demo experts make up "The Specialist." James Woods is especially good as Ned Trent, the former CIA assassin who enjoys killing and brutality. Sylvester Stallone is Ray Quick, the former sidekick who brought him down in the CIA and now confronts him in the mob rule of Miami. Sharon Stone is May Munro who seeks revenge 15 years after she witnessed the Leon family killing of her parents.

Rod Steiger is Joe Leon, the head of the family. He has hired Trent to update security of his operation. Leon's son, Tomas (Eric Roberts) was one of the three killers of May's parents. He and Trent despise one another. "The Specialist" may have more explosions in it than any other film – surely any one that's not a war movie.

Viewers can enjoy the sly Sly Stallone in his craft of rigging every kind of explosive device imaginable to take down the bad guys. But, overall this is a crass and rough film with lots of brutality, violence and yes – a very long scene with full nudity of the two leads, back and sides in the shower. Definitely not a family film – and not a good one at all beyond all the pyrotechnics.

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