The Chase is a hit-and-miss slam on reality T.V. coupled with a fantastically loopy satire on police and the criminals they pursue.
Chase, The (1994)
Directors: Adam Rifkin
Producers: Brad Wyman and Cassian Elwes
Writers: Adam rifkin
Features: * Trailer
Charlie Sheen...Jackson Davis Hammond
Kristy Swanson...Natalie Voss
Henry Rollins...Officer Dobbs
Josh Mostel...Officer Figus
Ray Wise...Dalton Voss
The Chase is the sort of movie that I remember loving when I was a bit younger, but know, Iíd approach it with lukewarm caution, and for good reason. The Chase is a hit-and-miss slam on reality T.V. coupled with a fantastically loopy satire on police and the criminals they pursue.
Whatís odd about The Chase is that I found that most critics tended to hate the fact that the film is, for the most part, one long chase; something I found to be original given the era the film was released in. I couldnít help but remember another film just like that. That film, Speed, for those who havenít caught up yet, was hailed as a great action packed thriller. I guess some films just werenít meant to do big business; such is the case of The Chase.
The Chase is a fun, small scale action picture that, unfortunately, tries to be much bigger than it actually is and thus, feels a little overblown and tiresome at times. The comedy, which is mainly a mix of top notch wit married with gross-out gags, works to some degree, but fails to really engage the viewer in any real way.
Ultimately, The Chase is too much and not enough all at the same time. There are a few fun cameos for our 90s aficionados, but other than that, there isnít much repeat value here. I guess my older self canít always trust the judgment of my younger self.
As entertainment: * * Ĺ
As a film: * *
The Chase is presented in both Full Frame (why bother) and Anamorphic widescreen. This isnít a bad transfer, but itís milky and washed out, a trend among films of this era.
Here we get an unusual Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround track. This was the format used just before Dolby Digital. Edward Scissorhands used the same 4.0 method. Itís a rather odd spread and truthfully, I prefer a basic stereo mix over it as the surrounds often blow out the front channels. That is, if DTS and Dolby 5.1 are not available, of course.
Thereís also Spanish and French Surround tracks in addition to English and Spanish subtitles.
Thereís just a Trailer here folks. Nothing too special.
A nice special edition might have been nice. The Chase is more socially relevant today then it probably was in 1994 and a special edition would have made great exploits of the films hidden potential. But perhaps thatís for another time and another video format.
RATED PG-13 for violence, a scene of sensuality and some language.
* Running Time: 88 minutes
* List Price: $9.98
* Available on DVD September 6th, 2005.
----R. L. Shaffer