Unfortunately, the film makers did try to include in U.S. Marshals the things that made The Fugitive the hit
that it was. The movie starts out with Gerard
and his team (the same four crazy side-kicks Gerard had in The Fugitive) making a bust, and they celebrate their accomplishment
afterwards in a bar. Gerard's
boss then assigns him to accompany his capture to jail aboard a convict plane. And just like in The Fugitive, something goes
wrong, which causes the plane to crash (just like the bus accident in the previous film).
Mark Sheridan (Wesley Snipes), who was "framed" for killing two government agents in cold blood, manages to escape during the accident
and so the chase begins. The focus of this film does not lie with Sheridan's character this time around, but on Gerard.
First of all, I think it was a brilliant idea to
make a movie based on Gerard and his team, however, the film makers failed to give the film its own identity. The film contained so
many similarities to the original that it made U.S. Marshals feel like it was trying too hard to make lightening strike
twice in the same formula. Frankly, for me, the average movie viewer, it didn't bother me except for what I
said above-- It doesn't have its own identity. Again, there's a fugitive. Again, there's a severe vehicle accident in which the
fugitive gets away. Again,
there's a major search. Again, there's a daring jump off a high place when the fugitive is captured. The film has many original
characteristics, but are ultimately tainted
by Fugitive rip-offs. Of course, I may be a bit biased, being a big Jones fan and also a fan of these characters,
but if you can set aside the familiarity of the film and look at it as a whole, it is quite entertaining and well-done.
The movie, in itself, is quite good, but rather violent. The PG-13 rating was
definitely earned (read "blood/gore" content below). There was plenty of cursing in it, as well. The "f" word was used once for
comedic reasons, but it was most unnecessary. This film is pretty bloody for a
PG-13 film, as well, with some gun inflicted gory moments that don't leave a lot to the imagination.
Sexual content is thankfully excluded, but they didn't seem to leave much else out instead. It's a shame, too, because it could have been
a much more enjoyable film without it.
- John DiBiase, 1998
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: None. We just see a cop walk in on a girl in a
dressing room who has a dress on, but the shoulder straps are down.
Vulgarity/Language: 1 "f" word, 16 "s" words, 2 "g*dd*mn," 20 "hells," 4 "S.O.B.'s,"
1 "J-sus Chr-st," 3 "J-sus," 3 "G-d," 2 "Swear to G-d"
Alcohol/Drugs: Beer, liquor, martinis, champagne.
We see blood on Sheridan's head after a truck accident.
When Sam is checking out the gym, he finds a dead
man in the shower whose throat has been cut and we see some blood.
We see a man shot in the chest with pretty bloody results. There is blood all over him, his mouth, and the wall behind him.
Some photographs of murders are a little bloody.
A sniper shoots a man in the back of the head & we see the impact briefly via the sniper scope.
We see a man get shot in the shoulder that is rather bloody.
We see the slightly bloody bullet hole in a man's shirt after being shot.
Violence: Lots of it. People are shot at (some are shot and killed);
shot with no blood; punched; there's a fist-fight; several car accidents; surveillance tapes showing murders
with no graphic violence just gun-shots & physical combat; a plane crash; people are sucked out of the plane,
drown after the crash, etc.
** Disclaimer: All reviews are based solely on the opinions of the reviewer. Most
reviews are rated on how the reviewer enjoyed the film overall, not on content. However, if the content
really affects the reviewer's opinion of the film, it will definitely affect the reviewer's rating.