He was funny as hell in Top Secret and Real Genius. He was as perfect as Iceman in Top Gun as he was Madmartigan in Willow. He was great in The Doors, Thunderheart, and True Romance (though his role in True Romance was tiny.)
His Doc Holiday from Tombstone remains to this day one of the best characters I've seen anyone play in any movie, ever.
He was just about as awesome in Heat.
My personal faves of all of his movies, even above Tombstone (which is saying a lot), is Spartan. He was perfect in that film, and I watch it often. It's a go-to film, when nothing else interest me.Then again, most David Mamet flicks are like that for me.
Point is, the guy has chops, and has shown them time and again.
So as a fan of his work, it boggles my mind how he's been relegated to the realm of direct-to-video movies of late. Sure, there's plenty of rumors out there about how difficult he was to work with, and he's not 20 and sexy anymore, so maybe he's not as marketable as he used to be, but how can no one want to cast him in good roles anymore?
Anywho, he's in Riddle, which was one of the reasons we were interested in seeing it... so, yeah.
|Like Taken, but better and smarter. That's right, I said it.|
|She's the "normal" one.|
Two school bullies lure poor Nathan into their bitchin' hot rod, and take him on a high speed drive, all in order to make him piss his pants in terror, which he does. They pull over at some shady gas station to let the kid go clean himself up, and he disappears, thus setting up the true riddle of the movie: what happened to Nathan?
|"We'd just like to know what happened to the script?"|
Years later, Holly returns from College and sees someone in a crowd wearing her brothers shoes, which can't be mistaken for anyone else's shoes, because they have race cars on them. This sends her into frenzy, and eventually leads her to the small town of Riddle, where no one wants to talk to her about her missing brother. Even the local Sheriff tells her to go away and forget about what she thinks she saw, which of course only strengthens her resolve to find him...
|"Seriously, what happened here?"|
The average Lifetime movie of the week ensues.
Riddle isn't one of the worst movies we've seen recently, it was just one of the most uninspiring and dull ones. The script isn't strong enough to support a movie that involves mostly exposition, and so we were never able to fully get into what we were seeing.
It probably doesn't help matters that IMDB lists Riddle as having two directors and four writers involved with its production. It looks like at some point, someone was replaced, and whatever it was that they were going for with their version of the film, was melded together with whatever the new director/writers were brought in to fix/change/accomplish with it, and the end result was a bit of an underwhelming mess. We can't really find any info about any of this online, so we're obviously speculating, but the moral of the story is that too many hands in a pot like this seldom leads to good results.
|Like this... WTF is this even doing in this movie?|
Elisabeth Harnois at least does a solid job playing the concerned sister on a mission, and she was definitely the stand-out here. Don't get me wrong, none of the cast did a bad job in Riddle, but with the material that they had to work with, it just comes off like most of them didn't do a particularly good job either. As I said above, too many hands in the pot kills it.
Val Kilmer looks as if he sleepwalked his way through his performance here, and that has to be due in part to the character he plays. The Sheriff in Riddle seems unwilling to do much other than stare bewilderingly or play cards with his pals, which just made things frustrating. The guy was at one point a Hollywood heavyweight, you'd think they'd give him something juicier and more challenging to work with, you know? Then again, what does he have left to prove? Hell, I'd take a role in Riddle Part 4 if I could, so why shouldn't he?
|You'll always be our Huckleberry, Val. Always.|
If you don't mind the average Lifetime Channel mystery/thriller, then you'll probably not mind this movie either. In the end though, Riddle is exactly what its title suggests; a puzzling, confused, mess of a riddle, and one that most people wont care to see solved. D
Hottie while doing it. Good for you, Elisabeth Harnois.