Reviewed by Andy Bowers
Rating: 8 Beans
f you’re on a hit series like the West Wing you’d probably presume the high profile movie scripts would just fly at you like Pinocchio through a wood chipper.
Not such the case for Rob Lowe (or Martin Sheen for that matter). Maybe it’s because after his success as part of the baby faced Brat Pack boys in the 1980’s he seemed to succumb to that inert downward spiral experienced by other alumni like Andrew McCarthy and Judd Nelson (Suddenly Susan anyone?). No jobs for pretty boy left-overs from the decade of decadence.
He’ll never achieve such theatrical heights as he did with such classics as Youngblood, the Breakfast Club and ah yes, Oxford Blues.
No, direct to video suits him just fine. In this bit of “Fugitive” light fare, Lowe is an escaped felon who was doing time for vehicular manslaughter (hmm, who do you root for?), trying to out distance himself from a corrupt warden, police detectives and fellow escapee who are out to shoot first and, ah…. Well shoot first is about it, since Lowe has information about a larger conspiracy that is brewing in numerous penal institutions across the country. All this while trying to re-unite and protect his estranged wife and child.
Wow, those are some odds aren’t they? My Vegas bookie says the chances of Lowe making it out of this predicament alive is about 3000-1. That’s about the same as Playboy offering money to Rosie O’Donnell for a pictorial. Of course who’s gonna off their only star in a Z-grade thriller? Next time summer hiatus besets you Robbie, do us a favor and go back to mowing lawns. I hear Judd needs a business partner.
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