Most Wanted

on October 10, 1997 by Bridget Byrne
   That one-man band, movie star/comedian/talk-show host Keenen Ivory Wayans, has jumped into new terrain--that of screenwriter--with "Most Wanted." His script for this political conspiracy thriller is hardly complex, ricocheting as it does between just-the-facts terseness and rather labored one-liners, but it keeps its plot moving. Said plot isn't really that compelling and certainly doesn't remain in the bounds of reality, but it does keep moving. The actors must deal with cardboard characters, but they have fun with their assignments. The result is an all-around competence that seems more than the sum of its parts.
   As the star and protagonist, set up to be killed by apparently everyone he encounters, Wayans has the size and ease to make his rather mundane action hero watchable. He is aided by music video alumni David Glenn Hogan in his feature film debut, who also helps keep matters moving. Hogan never dwarfs his actors with the action yet still manages to make excellent use of the underbelly of downtown Los Angeles, from sewer to riverbank to high-rise rooftop, all with stunts here, there and everywhere.
   Jon Voight gives an enjoyably loony performance as a power-mad military bigot, and Paul Sorvino has enough screen presence to hold his own in less flashy opposition. Less lucky are Jill Hennessy as an innocent caught up in the whole mess and Eric Roberts and Robert Culp, who are given no chance to chew the scenery as entertainingly as Voight.    Starring Keenen Ivory Wayans and Jon Voight. Directed by David Glenn Hogan. Written by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Produced by Eric L. Gold. A new Line release. Action/drama. Rated R for violence and language. Running time: 99 min.
Tags: Starring Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jon Voight, Directed by David Glenn Hogan, Written by Keenen Ivory Wayans, Produced by Eric L. Gold, new Line, Action drama

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