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The Sender (1998)

The Sender (1998)

Released: 1998
Genre: Action, Genre, Sci-fi, Thriller
Director: Richard Pepin
Starring: Robert Vaughn, R. Lee Ermey, Michael Madsen, ,
Run time: 98 min
IMDb: 3.8/10
Country: USA
Views: 54946

Synopsis

Storyline:
In 1965, an American fighter squadron encountered a spaceship while flying over the Bermuda Triangle. After getting into a brief dogfight with it, one of the fighters is shot down, and the others agree to keep what they’ve seen a secret. Years later, the downed aircraft is recovered, and the son of the missing pilot insists on seeing it. Soon, strange ocurrences start happening around the son and his family. Could there be any connection with what his father witnessed?
Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <[email protected]>
User Reviews: Now don’t get me wrong – I like Michael Madsen; He has a certain screen presence about him that always somewhat lifts any production he appears in. However, one thing I don’t like about the chap is his ostensible arrogance and aloofness as regards certain films in which he has found himself. In fact he is very openly and vocally critical regarding many of the productions with which he has been involved. Certainly I appreciate honesty (and in the ghastly false world of Hollywood it is truly a rare phenomenon!) but I have always found the WAY in which Madsen airs his disdain to be highly disrespectful to all those who have no doubt worked hard around him. In fact Madsen himself has been quoted as citing, ‘…These horrifying straight-to-video things'(!) for which he received ‘Very little money’. Such is obviously the case in point with the film in question in fact; Clearly, this is one of the very films he refers to and his subsequent response to ending up in such a production? – He gives a deliberately dreadful performance so as to indicate his vast superiority to the relevant material. OK, so Madsen at his very best could hardly be listed anywhere remotely near in the same ranks as the Olivier’s or the Brandon’s of the world but there is simply no excuse for such a monumentally lazy performance as he turns in here.

Rant over now and what of the actual film aside from Madsen’s lacklustre effort? Well, it’s a fairly run of the mill affair at best in fact (but this STILL does not excuse Madsen’s antics!) but is harmless enough viewing for ninety or so minutes. With director Richard Pepin on board you can of course count on some good action scenes and he doesn’t disappoint including some cool freeway chases (and explosive crashes!) However, the best thing about this for me was the absolutely beautiful alien lady in it! – Truly she is stunning to behold and lit up the screen every time she appeared.

For fellow PM fans, this is sadly probably one of their weakest efforts it has to be said, yet it isn’t without its moments.

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