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[REVIEW] Fled (1996) Blu-Ray - ManlyMovie

[REVIEW] Fled (1996) Blu-Ray

fledbikeRuntime: 98 Mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: A movie that hasn’t held up well with no extras

I’m not sure how many are aware of this, but this movie, Fled, has just had a Blu-Ray release in recent weeks.  Maybe some aren’t even aware of the movie itself.  It is a cut of 1990’s action/thriller of the B-movie variety, with Laurence Fishburne putting in a pre-Matrix effort alongside Stephen Baldwin, that’s the ‘Usual Suspects Baldwin’.  Some might want to check it out on an impulse buy for the premise alone – two cons chained together go on the run after a scuffle with guards during some roadside ditch work.  But I wouldn’t recommend it in all honesty.

This film was sort of billed as a fugitive movie, obviously inspired by that other title of the same name.  Fled is a poor man’s ‘The Fugitive‘ and quickly goes off the rails when it leaves its premise, cons on the run, and goes into conspiracy thriller territory.  This is 1996, so if the film was as good as it hoped it was going to be in that regard, it would’ve ended up starring Harrison Ford or Mel Gibson.  Or even Wesley Snipes teaming up with, oh, I don’t know, Keanu Reeves.  But like I always says, a small budget movie with a big concept script is more often a mess than it is a high accomplishment.  Few can get it right.  You can tell that Kevin Hooks as director makes it even worse.

fledblurayThere are a few things of merit here.  The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, it has some fun parts here and there.  It’s also very much a retro action film, you can tell that days and even weeks are put into certain scenes as opposed to the trickery we might see today.  But it’s the plot holes that let it down.  You could even play a drinking game with this one – spot the outrageous departure of logic.  In fact this movie is often downright hilarious.   The idiocy shared between Fishburne and Baldwin’s characters gets worse by the minute, to the point of unintentional hilarity.  I wouldn’t have been surprised if Leslie Nielson popped up in a cameo.

I mean for instance, you are an ex convict.  The entire country is looking for you.  What does Stephen Baldwin’s character do?  How about hitting the nearest nightclub, then making a spectacle of himself on stage, fornicating with a stripper after two locals (why was he even talking to them?) challenge him to a bet?  As scores of onlookers cheer him on?  Is this a wise move for a man on the run?  Meanwhile, Fishburne is trying to get into the pants of the wife of an ex cop! Some might enjoy these charms, but you really need to be warned.  It’s sloppy and then some.  This would never have happened in a Clint movie.

The Blu-Ray release isn’t much better.  The extras, for one, are about as thin as the brains between the world’s most stupid fugitives.  There’s nothing there.  Look man, from Olive Films, I don’t know if you could have expected any better or even that the movie was released on this format at all.  Maybe this is the best you could have gotten, just the movie itself.  To that end, it’s fairly decent.  I mean, the transfer is better than you’re going to get on some shitty compressed ‘HD’ TV channel at 11pm some night.  That includes lossless DTS HD, which you really can appreciate during the gun battles for instance.

This is not a great movie.  Nor is it a great release.  But hey, it’s out there.

5

13 Comments

  1. Mainline DnB

    July 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    One of the very first films i saw in a cinema during it’s release, absolutely ridiculous film but it definitely kept me entertained. The “Time to pay the piper” line in the finale was probably the biggest collective groan i’ve ever heard an audience make.

    • guest

      July 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      thank you. somebody with some sense. this was a fun buddy film from the 90s. today a film like this would go straight to dvd, but the 90s was a different time.

  2. guest

    July 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    sorry. i have to disagree. this movie is a action buddy movie classic. WTF! are you talking about? its a buddy movie from the 90’s. B-Level movie?. yes. Bad movie? no. that was a time Back when buddy films were popular. Looking at it now in 2015, we can now see how much movies have changed. it takes us back in time when movies could be semi-racist and mysognistic and entertaining too. were ‘s a manly movie . it Came out around the same time that Bad Boys with will smith and martin lawrence was popular. i remember when it came out and people compared it to Lethal weapon.

    • The Night Rider

      July 19, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      This movie, a ‘classic’? Sorry, not in the business of rating movies highly based on concept rather than final results.

      • guest

        July 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

        you mean box office results!. yes? but to each is own. it had the sexiness, the humor, the action, everything about it was right. the direction was good, but a movie like this today would go straight to dvd. so when you call it a ‘B’ movie. i understand where you are coming from. was it bad boys? no. was it lethal weapon? no. it was what it was for the 90s. it was manly! but don’t shit on it just because you personally don’t like it and it didn’t do well at the box office. it was cool for the time.

    • Barney Ross

      July 20, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Now FLED IS a classic, FACT!! Better than any shit coming out today……….FACT

      better than DIE SOFT 4 and 5

  3. Mucho Macho

    July 19, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I saw this flick back in da day in the theater.
    i was not expecting a “lethal weapon” type quality film. I took it for what it was. A big dumb silly fun action movie…& if u do that, you will be entertained by it.
    Some movies are good enough to kill some time on a lazy day. This is 1 of them i thought.

    • guest

      July 20, 2015 at 2:38 am

      exactly! it’s so damn old too. i mean damn stephen baldwin was playing a hacker and he had fucking floppy disks. its so damn old too. the 90’s was a different time. so by todays standards it has not aged well. but it was good for wha tit was in the 90s. funny cool action flick with the humor, sexieness and fast pace, a dope soundtrack. that manly movies were back then. not the non-sense we see now . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BD15eLcMd0

      • Mucho Macho

        July 20, 2015 at 5:17 am

        Shit..The Floppy discs..hahaha
        Here’s another stupid silly fun movie i liked back in the day.
        from 1999 “Chillfactor”
        Like i wrote , somedays..some movies are good enough. “Chillfactor” was 1of those from the 90s. I saw it in a theater…today it will be on a Redbox machine in front of a Walgreen’s
        https://youtu.be/-mxvCQ579Co

  4. Mucho Macho

    July 19, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I have a confession to make..
    in the nineties there were a couple of Pauly Shore movies I liked. One of them was
    “Bio-Dome” with Stephen Baldwin.
    It’s stupid to the 10th degree.
    But i have watched it more than once.
    i fuckin like “Bio-Dome”
    Yep.
    Sometimes a man can’t explain certain things about himself
    😎✌

  5. Barney Ross

    July 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    This is awesome, they don’t make movies like this anymore. long live 90’s cheese. Hilarious movie, great cast, 90’s R rated action, good jokes……

    5/10 is way too low. When it came out i gave it a 7.5, now a 10/10 because it’s better than any shit coming out since 2000+. FACT

  6. Fred C Dobbs

    September 11, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Firstly, if you are going to review a movie…GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!

    It is NOT inspired by The Fugitive….

    It’s a remake of THE DEFIANT ONES(1958 with Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis)..which is a classic!!!
    It was also a TV movie from 1986 starring Carl Weathers and Robert Urich..

    Personally, I loved all 3 of them but I go to movies to be entertained and couldn’t care less about any the stuff you so called movie experts care about,..
    I am equally happy watching Stallone, Bogart, John Wayne, Bronson, Marvin, Cagney, Robinson, Gibson, Terrence Hill and Bud Spencer, Chevy Chase, or films like Shawshank Redemption.!!!!!!!!!!!
    My favourite movie is DIE HARD..
    As long as its not boring or about nothing. I cannot stand movies like Titanic, Babel, American Pie or the Hangover movies. I think they’re a waste of celluloid and time but I don’t judge anyone who does like them.. That’s their problem if they want to watch them…Most of the movies today are absolute garbage and its beyond logic how the hell they ever get made ….and people watch them… Go figure..

    There are literally thousands of movies that have inspired or been remade that nobody has even heard of because reviews like this do not review the movie, they just spoil the film before anyone has seen it..
    Review it…Good or bad…. Don’t tell people if they should or shouldn’t watch it….And DONT give away spoilers so it’s ruined for them…

    RANT OVER!!!!!