Sunday, October 3, 2010


Directed by Phil Alden Robinson
Starring Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, Ben Kingsley, Eddie Jones, Timothy Busfield, Donal Logue, Stephen Tobolowsky, James Earl Jones, Bodhi Elfman

Sneakers (1992) is one of those movies I grew up on. I used to watch this almost once a week but hadn't seen it now for at least a decade and it couldn't have been better after all this time. Don't you find it refreshing when time hasn't ravaged the memories you hold dear..? It sadly isn't always the case but holy shit how I loved this film still!

 Redford plays Martin Bishop, a man who with the aid of his team of mixed experts tests high security facilities by breaking into them. On one fine day the NSA knocks on his door and let's Bishop know that they're onto his illegal activities from his distant past and are willing to wipe the man's record clean if he and his team pull off a job for Uncle Sam. What they're after is a brilliant code breaking device which turns out to be an extremely dangerous item to anyone who hold it in their possession.

 Sneakers is a perfect mixture of masterful tension and humor. Results on said balance that are as brilliant as this have been attempted by many but they've failed almost without exception. Sneakers is that exception. Director Robinson (The Sum Of All Fears) uses his top notch cast to their best abilities and all other departments are firing on all cylinders as well. Especially brilliant is James Horner's (Titanic, Braveheart) at times haunting and on the other very relaxed and humorous score. The one thing some anal-retentive geek might critique is that the techology is badly dated. I actually heard this as a serious argument for trashing another film dealing with computers and hi-tech, called Hackers. That is NOT a valid argument because A) you don't trash Star Wars either for it's effects being old and not on par compared to recent action films and B) it really has fuck all to do with what's essential in the actual core of the film itself. Sneakers is a brilliant feel good film with a dark and very intelligent edge. A rare gem to find these days.

Whistler: I want peace on earth and goodwill toward men.
Abbott: We are the United States Government! We don't do that sort of thing!


Sneakers (1992) on kohta parikymmentä vuotta vanha elokuva, joka ei ole menettänyt yhtään charmiaan eikä tehokkuuttaan. Allekirjoittanut on tuijotellut tätä leffaa ipanana alituiseen ja luojan kiitos, se nerokkuus jonka muistan leffasta ei ollut vain hyvä muisto vaan jotain ainutlaatuista ja loppujen lopuksi filmi, jossa näyttelijät ovat parhaassa terässä, ohjaus on häkellyttävän taitavaa ja James Hornerin nokkela musiikki viimeistelee huolellisesti kelatun komediajännärin (äärimmäisen harvoin ja näin letkeästi toimiva genreyhdistelmä), joka myös nuoremman polven kannattaa katsoa mahdollisista ennakkoluuloista huolimatta. Suokaa anteeksi karkea ranskani, mutta aivan vitun hyvä leffa.

Sneakers at IMDb