It's not bad at all, but it's not very memorable either.
Nick Randall (Hauer) is an ex-CIA agent and bounty hunter. He is askedto track down an extremely dangerous and ruthless terrorist, MalakAl-Rahim (Simmons), who has been killing lots of people and onlyplanning to do more damage. Randall will stop at nothing to track downAl-Rahim, especially after an attempt on his life kills some peopleRandall cares about. Will Randall succeed? As you can see from thebrief plot description above, the storyline here is pretty cut-and-dry,which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the movie should have beenshorter, and with Rutger killing more goons. That would have livenedthings up. But as it stands, Wanted: Dead or Alive has some good 80'satmosphere and un-PC moments. So that's a good thing, and they tried togive Nick Randall a bit more character development than usual, which isalso good. He gets plenty of snappy lines and loves the harmonica,which mirrors on the soundtrack. He even has what may be the first carGPS seen on a movie screen.
It was also nice to see Gene Simmons looking slick, and while hehimself is Jewish, he plays an Islamic terrorist. The terror aspect ofthe film is still relevant, but this movie has too much padding andneeded more action. Interestingly, in the movie theater scene, they areplaying the movie "Rambo" - and while there are many Rambo referencesin many other 80's and 90's action movies, the filmmakers here shouldhave known there was no such movie by that title at that time.
Naturally, it all ends in a classic Steam Factory shootout. So whileWDOA has some good moments, the movie should have been tightened up andhad some edge added to it. It's not bad at all, but it's not verymemorable either.
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