It’s probably fair to say that when “The Fugitive” came out in 1993, people weren’t exactly asking for a big-screen version of the ’60s show; even the director and the star say they’ve never seen it. Even so, the smart, gripping adult thriller became a box office hit and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, the first TV adaptation to compete for the grand prize.
The film is a classic school gratification with spectacular choreography, but the highlight is the mind battle between two very human opponents. Harrison Ford, just a few years after entering the sunset as Indiana Jones, plays a much more ordinary protagonist as a grieving doctor framed for the murder of his wife, while Tommy Lee Jones won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a stubborn lawyer on his way.
Despite the huge success of the film, it feels a lot like an indie and I never had the feeling that anyone was loving a sequel. That might be why “US Marshals,” which was released five years later, encountered something of a humiliation. Tommy Lee Jones and his team are back for a regular conspiracy thriller – this time they’re on the hunt for Wesley Snipes – and the whole thing plays out in a unique way that never matches the top. high of its predecessor. It’s one of those movies that equates to a bowl of chicken noodle soup: Unnecessary and comfortable fare for a sex day, or an evening when you can’t find anything better to watch.
Now, 24 years later and in keeping with the usual nature of “The Fugitive,” I’m here with the post explaining the “US Marshals” you never knew you needed.
So What Happens In The US Marshals?
“US Marshals” opens with some shady spy antics involving a briefcase in a parking garage underneath the UN building in New York. The handover goes awry and two agents are killed.
Six months later, we’re in Chicago, where we meet tow truck driver Mark Warren (Wesley Snipes). After a traffic accident where he is found carrying a concealed weapon, a matching fingerprint identifies him as the fugitive in the murder. He cried out, but no one listened.
We also get to know US Deputy Chief of Police Sam Gerard (Jones) and his team: the outspoken Cosmo Renfro (Joe Pantoliano), the trusty Bobby Briggs (Daniel Roebuck), the face-to-face Noah Newman (Tom Wood) fresh, plus wise newcomer Savannah Cooper (LaTanya Richardson). After a successful drug bust, Gerard accompanied his suspect on a midnight flight from Memphis to New York.
Warren was also on the plane, and narrowly avoided an assassination attempt by another prisoner with a James Bond-style pen gun. The guy missed and punctured a hole in the fuselage, causing the pilot to make an emergency landing in the woods behind the house. Warren escapes and Gerard is quickly present on the case, but a team of suits from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) insist that he bring Agent John Royce (Robert Downey Jr.) with him. Hunt.
The road leads to New York, where Warren, aka Roberts, a.k.a. Sheridan, is revealed to be a former Black Ops Marine and is trying to figure out who charged him with the murders of two man. Gerard has also come to the conclusion that an international conspiracy is being worked on and towards the Big Apple. Will he be able to reach Sheridan before his enemies finish the job?
What exactly is the plot of the US marshals?
The central plot in “US Marshals” is pretty vague. Someone in the US Government is selling secrets to the Chinese about how the Americans might react if China invades Taiwan, and the man in the middle for these shadow deals is Xian Chen ( Michael Paul Chan), an agent of the other side. It’s as if the screenwriters thought, “Well, the Cold War is over, and ‘True Lies’ and ‘Executive Decision’ are just Islamic terrorists, so… instead, there’s something. What about China?”
Sheridan, working as a freelancer for the government, is hired as a bag carrier without knowing what’s in the briefcase. The boss of the DSS found out about the deal and sent two agents to stop the handover, leading to Sheridan killing them in self-defense. The masterminds behind the betrayal are DSS man Frank Burrows (Rick Snyder) and Gerard’s new friend John Royce, who planted Sheridan’s handprints to turn him into a fallen man. When Sheridan ran away, they ensured that Royce was assigned to a delinquent to kill him.
Burrows was the first mastermind to be unmasked after another botched skirmish with Chen in a cemetery, where he was killed in a chaotic gunfight. Obviously there’s more to it as Burrows is played by a generic actor (sorry, Rick) and there’s still about 30 minutes of the movie left. I was confused when Royce was revealed to be the real bad guy, though, probably because I was so used to Downey Jr. as Marvel’s sacrificial hero today.
The turning point came when Royce chased Sheridan in the nursing home. Newman caught up and interrupted Royce just as he was about to kill the fugitive in execution fashion. Royce turned around and opened fire on Newman, and Sheridan escaped once more.
What’s the deal with Royce’s gun?
My pleasant surprise at Royce’s reveal was quickly shattered by how stupid the sequel was. I find it completely odd that the entire ending of the movie revolves around the creation of the gun the various characters are waving around, but that’s what it boils down to. Fortunately, Database of film guns on the Internet ready to assist those of us who can’t get the Glocks from their Colts on this point.
When Gerard and Royce first met, the Sheriff asked the Agent if he was armed. Royce hands over the nickel-plated Taurus PT945, which Gerard mocks and tells him to get a Glock instead. Next, we’ll see Royce’s Taurus as he confronts Sheridan in a swamp, and this plot point is quick and you’ll miss: Sheridan snatches Royce’s gun and shoots Gerard in a vest. bullets with it. Royce then recovered the gun before Sheridan fled.
Later, when Royce kills Newman, he still uses Taurus. In the set-up, Sheridan is carrying a similarly shaped pistol, the Colt. We never saw or heard of that weapon again. After Royce shot Newman with the Taurus, he handed it over as evidence and claimed it was Sheridan’s gun.
Gerard is now immersed in revenge for his comrades, and he and Royce track Sheridan onto a container ship. Gerard and Sheridan fight each other before Royce shoots Sheridan, this time with a Glock.
Next, we see Sheridan on the hospital bed while Royce is in the hallway, taking Taurus’s bag as evidence. Gerard arrives and checks the gun, noticing that the serial number has been erased. Flashback to an earlier scene where he was angry at Royce’s choice of gun… a nickel-plated Taurus, like this one.
So let’s get straight…
As one of the men behind the plot to sell state secrets to China, Royce was assigned a manhunt so he could silence Sheridan before he spilled the beans, but was interrupted by Newman just as he was. prepare to hit the witness. He used his own gun (Taurus) to shoot Newman before handing it over as evidence, instead of telling Sheridan to take his weapon again and shoot the sheriff with it. Maybe he didn’t think that excuse would fly twice? And at what point does he have the opportunity to declare the serial number?
It’s not made entirely clear as the film shuffles through the remaining plot twists at the end. Whatever Royce was thinking at this late stage, trying to shoot his own gun (which the experienced and observant Gerard not only saw but commented on) like Sheridan was a rather risky ploy. .
After Gerard has a flashback, which the film presents as a great Keyser Sozer-ish moment, he asks to meet Royce’s Glock. Royce gives it and Gerard makes a really clean transition, trading Royce’s full clip for a blank one before leaving under the pretext of getting coffee for both of them. This gives Royce a chance to finish off Sheridan, but did you know that? Gerard didn’t go out for coffee at all, and shot Royce dead in the final match. The good guys won, Sheridan was exonerated, and America’s diplomatic relations with China remained intact. Hail the Marshals of the United States!
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