Rated: R for language and violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: October 15, 1993 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Four friends out for a night at the fights get more than they bargain for when they venture off the highway to avoid a traffic jam and get lost in Chicago's inner city.
Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jeremy Priven and Stephen Dorff play middle class guys who witness the murder of a young street gang member. The ruthless gang leader, played by MTV's comedian Denis Leary, sics his boys on the witnesses and the remainder of the film has Estevez and friends running through rail yards, apartment buildings and empty streets trying to escape.
Estevez's character is married with a baby, Dorff, plays his younger brother, Gooding his loyal college friend and Priven, a smooth-talking salesman who thinks he can outwit his opponents with a smile and a deal. The acting is pretty good, especially by Priven, who plays a hyper Yuppie and Leary, who seems to be having a great time playing a sadistic killer.
The "fish-out-of-water" premise works well here with Estevez and friends running through unfamiliar parts of Chicago, trying to find a place to hide. However, there is a big problem; the streets are totally deserted. Except for the gang members who are all white and didn't belong in this part of town, no one else is around, including the police.
The run down tenements, rail cars where homeless men find shelter for the night and drink, and dark storm drains become the interesting choices for survival, but, the settings are not enough to keep interest in this film. It is essentially one long chase scene.