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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » The Target
The Target
Artisan // R // July 22, 2003
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Review by Shannon Nutt | posted August 2, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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THE MOVIE

Well, I'll give the makers of The Target credit for one thing: at least they didn't turn Dennis Hopper's character into a raging homicidal maniac, which seems to be par-for-the-course in most of the movies he appears in. But that being said, this isn't a very good film, despite the presence of both Hopper and Christopher Lambert – who have made their fair share of turkeys, but can be entertaining when given the right script.

The Target is shot almost entirely on location in South Africa, and while we do get some pretty shots of the countryside, the plot is a convoluted one – something about a voodoo-practicing criminal who has it out for Hopper, and how Hopper hires a bodyguard/hitman (played by Lambert) to protect both him and his estranged daughter (Diane Kruger).

Hopper is forced to wear a ridiculously laughable toupee for much of the movie, but does eventually ditch the thing, although we're left wondering why the filmmakers chose to make him wear one in the first place. We do get the impression that his character is much more evil than he actually turns out to be, although there is a nice twist at the end involving his relationship with Lambert's character that probably would have made for a better overall plotline to this movie than the actual one we are forced to sit through.

Clocking in at a little over 90-minutes, The Target seems twice that long – basically because not much is going on. There's an attempt on Hopper's character's life; the kidnapping and immediate rescue of his daughter; then the movie moves from the city out into a shanty town where Lambert recovers from a gunshot wound just in time to face off against the criminal who is after Hopper and has just been released from prison.

THE DVD

Video:
Shown in full-frame, the quality of the video here isn't much better than VHS, although there are no notable defects in the picture. I believe this is a direct-to-video title (never seeing a theatrical run) and the picture looks that way – with about the DVD quality you'd find for the release of a TV show, and not the quality you see with a DVD release of a theatrical film.

Audio:
Viewers will have the option of listening in 5.1 Dolby or 2.0 Stereo. The 5.1 track is decent enough, although not particularly aggressive, even during the few instances of gun play and action that take place in the movie.

Extras:
Other that the typical Chapter Selection, the only extra here is a full frame Trailer for the movie. That's it – not even any previews for other Artisan releases.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Even fans of Hopper and Lambert are going to want to give this one a pass. It's certainly not the worst film either man has performed in, but there's little here of entertainment value.

Sadly, this one completely misses The Target!
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