MOVIE REVIEW: Good
KEY PERFORM- ERS: Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine
RATING: R. Violence, sex scenes.
WHERE: Promenade, Movies 8, Sand Springs and Broken Arrow
A hotshot pilot zooms and climbs and rolls and skims his
fighter plane over the desert landscape, infuriating his
terrified passenger. What is this - "Top Gun II"?
No, it's the opening sequence of "Revenge," directed by
Tony Scott who also did "Top Gun." Like many graduates
from TV commercials, he seems to be bashing the audience
over the head with a 2-by-4 and saying, "Now that I have
your attention, let's get on with the story."
The story that Scott and writers Jim Harrison and Jeffrey
Fiskin are telling is the classic triangle: powerful older
husband, beautiful young wife, husband's best friend. Since
the men are Anthony Quinn and Kevin Costner and their mutual
love is stunning Madeleine Stowe, the film rises above formula.
Costner is the Vietnam veteran who has flown Quinn, a wealthy,
ruthless power baron in rural Mexico, on hunting trips.
After retiring from the Navy, Costner accepts an invitation
to visit Quinn's baronial estate.
Quinn's neglected wife appears, and a romance with Costner
The romance remarkably goes undetected by Quinn. But when
the lovers elope to Costner's hideaway cabin, Quinn follows
with his henchman to seek vengeance against Costner.
What saves "Revenge" from bathos is the screen presence
of the three stars, as well as an expert supporting cast.
After only a few films, Costner has established himself
as the screen's most compelling star (anyone who could make
"Field of Dreams" believable deserves that title). He
can even stand up to Tony Quinn.