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The Chase

The Chase
Starring:
Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Rocky Carroll, Henry Rollins and Ray Wise


Rated: PG-13 for language and sexual content.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: March 4, 1994 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

The title doesn't just give you a clue what this movie might be about, it explains the entire movie plot, a chase from beginning to end.

Jackson Hammond (Charlie Sheen) a falsely convicted bank robber, escapes after sentencing, steals a car and ends up in a convenience store. When two patrolmen enter the store, he panics and takes a pretty girl, Natalie Voss (Kristy Swanson - Buffy, The Vampire Slayer) hostage by using a concealed candy bat. They take off down the California freeway in her red BMW with the police in hot pursuit.

Natalie turns out to be the daughter of 'the Donald Trump of California' (Ray Wise - Twin Peaks), who uses his hefty influence to bully the police chief into dispatching almost the entire Highway Patrol to rescue his spoiled daughter.

The camera moves from Jackson's speeding car, to the police cars, honing in on the lead patrol car with a gung-ho driver who envisions himself as a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Sylvester Stallone. Also, joined in the chase are "Eyewitness News" vans and helicopters with cameramen hanging out of the doors to get every fiery explosion and mangled car crash on tape.

A few funny moments save this film from being a total loss. If you're the kind of movie-goer who waits with bated breath for the dialogue to be broken up by a good breakneck chase scene, then this movie is for you.

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