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After The Sunset (15)



Review by: Jack Foley | Rating: Two

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HAVING hung up his Walter PPK and relinquished his licence to kill, former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, returns to another genre that has served him well in recent years for this entertaining heist caper set in The Bahamas.

Brosnan stars as successful jewel thief, Max Burdett, who has retired to a sun-drenched isle with his beautiful partner, Lola (Salma Hayek), intent on enjoying the spoils of his ill-gotten gains.

Hot on his trail, however, is Woody Harrelson's FBI agent, Stan, who remains convinced that Max is plotting one last job - especially since a luxury ocean-liner has docked nearby, complete with the last in a collection of priceless jewels on-board.

With so much temptation in his path, it's not long before Max is contemplating the unthinkable, particularly as the island's resident crime boss, Kingpin (Don Cheadle), also wants him to do it.

The ensuing crime caper, directed by Brett (Rush Hour) Ratner, finds Max trying to outwit his long-time FBI nemesis, while also trying to convince Lola that he has, in fact, retired to spend the rest of his life with her.

And, for the most part, it's a slick and enjoyable affair that gets by on the charisma of its stars alone, despite the over-familiarity of its 'one last job' scenario.

Brosnan exudes charisma, both in his dealings with Harrelson's dogged agent, and Hayek's ultra-sexy partner-in-crime, making his character easy to root for and difficult to resist.

The chemistry between the two male leads, in particular, is very strong, providing plenty for viewers to smile about as each attempts to get the better of the other.

A moment in which they end up in the same bed together is one of many highlights in a relationship that goes some way to covering up some of the movie's weaker plot-points.

Yet Ratner, for his part, seems content to let the heist play second fiddle to the characters on show, clearly relying on the interplay between them to make the film more rewarding.

Not that the criminal element isn't fun, merely predictable, and not in the same league as Brosnan's other, more memorable heist outing, The Thomas Crown Affair (a sequel to which is being penned).

What's more, by wearing its references so blatantly on its sleeve - To Catch A Thief, for example - the film becomes a little too prone to other comparisons.

Anyone seeking some Friday night, popcorn-style fun, however, is sure to have a blast, especially since the film is well-packaged to include plenty of sexually-charged tomfoolery, the alluring sight of Salma Hayek in an array of bikinis (or Brosnan and Harrelson shirtless), and enough twists and turns to keep the less discerning viewer guessing.

It should also go some way to ensuring that there is plenty of life after Bond for Brosnan.

 

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