A newspaper reporter is marked for assassination for his investigation into what happened to some army helicopters that were mysteriously shot down. However, the assassin cannot pull the trigger when she sees him with his daughter. She then teams up with him to fight the mercenaries that are after him.
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I love Kristy Swanson movies. She's a beautiful, compelling actress anddeserves better than this; but, as always, she does a super job. I do thinkthe director made her character a little to terse and mean, even though theplot called for it. Had he allowed Kristy some margin of sensuality andvulnerability, she would have rounded out her character and added anotherlevel to the film. Kristy is athletic and projects herself powerfully. Idon't think any actress can equal her in action roles. She can do anything,but she is quite adept at handling physical, aggressive characters. She'sbelievable, and always fun to watch. In Supreme Sanction, Kristy plays a reluctant assassin, who rebels, and isthen pursued by her top secret government employers. Michael Madsen, a superactor, is her chief antagonist. She allies herself with her intended targetand her computer-genius friend, and they seek to expose the "Agency" andsave the target's little daughter. Supreme Sanction is a rather marginal action film with limited atmosphere.After some initial action it bogs down for a while, until the mildly wildclimax. But Kristy, and Michael Madsen make it worthwhile. They play welloff each other. The director goes a little overboard trying to let us knowhow mean and incorrigible Madsen's character is. I got the point well beforehe was satisfied. There are plenty of holes in the plot, so watch this onefor the actors; and Kristy's brief disguise as a hooker.
As usual Michael Madsen plays a villain with a Hawaiian shirt. Madsenlike Treat Williams, who went through a period in his career, where inevery movie he appeared in, he wears a Hawaiian shirt, so Madsen had aphase where he did the same.His character is on the hunt for Kristy Swanson the hit-woman. Shebetrayed her contract and now the government wants to kill her. RonPerlman co-stars as one of the main government baddies. He puts in aprofessional performance.This movie has it's cheap moments, but it's a lot of fun and worthseeing.For more insanity, please visit: comeuppancereviews.com
An excellent job by the four principal actors and an understated steadystyle from the director result in a B++ sort of B movie. This iswithout question a straight to DVD type flick; however, everyone doessuch a terrific job it overcomes the formulaic sensibilities to achievethat wonderful "gee-I'll-watch-again" status.If you're an insomniac like me, you treasure that sort of thing. Thereare only so many "Three Days of the Condors" out there; you have tostart digging into B movie territory if you are up worrying about workand you want to feed the Jones at 2 a.m.This is a great snack.Kudos to Swanson (the shooter), Madsen (the controller), Dukes (thepatsy), and Faison (the fix-it man). Every one of the actors risesabove his/her set role (thanks in part to an intelligent script), ormore specifically finds the nuances within it that make each one human.Lesser actors would have turned each one of these characters into astereotype. By walking the tightrope, each of these pros keep the movietense and compelling. Madsen is properly amoral with a sense of comicdistraction captured by the director with Madsen's Hawaiian shirts.Faison side-steps the script's only flaw -- a bit too stereotypical onthe "seduce a brother" stuff -- with a smart, sharp persona that isreadily believable as the wizard of electronic spy-craft (and streetgun supplier).Swanson and Dukes are most impressive as the two critical characters.Both put remarkable nuances, bound by restraint, in theircharacterizations of the high level, straight military by-the-booksblack-ops sniper (Swanson) and the nationally famous newscaster (Dukes)that she refuses to kill when she sees his little girl watching. Dukesplays his character's self-righteousness and naivetÃ© just right whilemaintaining a definite sense of humanity and genuine interest in what'ssimply right. (The script helps with the inclusion of danger to hisdaughter as a motivator). His heroic actions in the end are remarkablybelievable with no separation from his already established TVnewsreader persona.Swanson is outstanding. Period. She renders a very believablesoldier-turned-anti-terrorist assassin. Her take on this character iscold, tough, but still human. She is committed to simple justice: badguys should die, good guys, not. And she displays the hard internalstruggle of such an agent who confronts -- with fury -- the fact thather own people have her killing the good guys instead of the bad. Shedoesn't make more of it; she doesn't make less of it. And to thedirector's credit, there's only enough exploitation of her good looksto state the very simple obvious.Finally, kudos to the script-writer and director on the story itself.Notice that Swanson's character's fall into conscience is not sudden --it's clear that she's not only responding to the fact that this is anational figure, and a man standing in front of his child, but alsothat she's already ragged from the previous job of killing an Americanmilitary officer in front of his wife. She has already started to"question orders." The trained killer who wouldn't necessarily haveheld up shooting on senseless command once may do it twice - and that'show the film opens.How it proceeds from there is a pleasure to watch.
When Kristy Swanson gets an attack of the guilts about what she does, shewants out. Unfortunately, Madsen is her immediate superior in a companywhere "giving two weeks notice ain't an option."As a teen killing vampires, Kristy did a very good job. The valley girlimage seemed to fit. But as an assassin on the run...well, keep runningKristy. Run, run far away! This film is not a concept that hasn't beendone before, but it HAS been done better!I didn't want to watch the rest of this film, but I felt I should if Iwanted to give a review of this movie. I've always liked Madsen, and hischaracter was a bit predictable, but this movie was definitely a waste oftime both to watch and make...no wonder it never got releasedtheatrically!
After reading the other comments, I again feel we all did not see the samemovie. I liked it very much. I thought it was one of David Dukes' bettermovies. That is who made this movie for me. Though, I was quite impressedwith Michael Madsen's performance.
Kristy Swanson plays an elite hitwoman who is supposed to have knockedoff a TV reporter for a group of bad guys,but once she sees this poorfellow at home playing with his kids she decides to junk the wholeproject and the TV reporter's life is spared.The hitwoman's life is upfor grabs as the people who wanted this reporter killed now want herdead for not following through with her assignment.Such is the basisfor a movie called Supreme Sanction.Supreme waste of time is more like it.We see Swanson's character beatup,pummel and kill men far bigger than her.And she always one two fiftysteps ahead of the group of murders who can't,for some reason,do awaywith this super hitwoman.Having one woman do away and beat all thesemen,makes the movie seem so gay.It is too predictable once you figureSwanson's character is going to win out anyway,thus making the filmboring and inept.Kristy Swanson is decent actress,who in her younger days was alwayssexy and easy on the eyes.Supreme Sanction is not one of her betterefforts however.
This is really a shame. Supreme Sanction is a fast-moving, enjoyable action thriller, but so much of it has been copied from other movies. The 'assassin refuses to shoot and becomes a target himself' theme is straight out of Replacement Killers. The 'Government agency fakes terrorist attack to get more funding' comes out of Long Kiss Goodnight' and the helicopter stunts that open the movie are the same footage I saw in Firebirds. This said, Supreme Sanction is a well acted movie with a good script. Madsen an Swanson do an interesting 'good killer/bad killer routine' and the score and effects were quite decent. A pity they could not get a more original story.
I saw Supreme Sanction on HBO a little while ago and it was great! It had humor, it had action and it had drama! If you haven't seen it yet, you need to!
See! Kristy Swanson's career go down the drain right before your veryeyes.Witness! Michael Madsen look tough and say tough things.Watch! A movie eerily reminiscent of every other direct-to-video releaseinthe last decade.Behold! The horrible travesty that is 'Supreme Sanction'.Give this one a pass, there's nothing of any interest here.2/10
I found this film quite enjoyable. You might like this if you likeAlias (2001) or The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), although I found thelatter a little better because Samantha Caine/Charly Baltimore is amore complex character.Mild spoilers ahead. I liked the ruthlessness and efficiency of Jennain disposing of her former colleagues and would-be-killers; since she isdoing this with guns, this is not as unbelievable as Sidney Bristowbeating up men twice as big as her. Also, Kristy Swanson looks great asalways.Unlike other films of this kind, the agonizing by the protagonist overher past evil deeds is refreshingly short. Also, I found the plotpretty believable (by Hollywood standards). In the beginning, Iwondered a little about the quick side-switching of Jenna, but as thefilm proceeds, we see that this was not on-the-spot, but she actuallyhas been thinking about and working for this for some time. The plotthen proceeds pretty straightforwardly, and I have not noticed anyunbelievable (and few other) twists.Detailed spoilers of irrelevant stuff ahead: There are two scenes thatcould have used better editing (or better something): First, nearMcNamara's house, Jenna sends McNamara ahead for no obvious reason,then does some other things for no obvious reason, before following him(without any significant change in the situation). Second, near the endof the film, Jenna has a firefight with Dalton, runs out of clips, andgets a clip from some dead body; this goes on for much too long.
A scaring movie if you look at the story line. Considering the parallels to the Bush administrations plots happening, after this movie was made. It is just amazing, how the director of the movie came up with this. I really wonder why this movie was not stronger promoted in The United States. This one really makes you think about the consequences of a fashist government, silencing citizens and news reporters, up to execution of very critical citizens. Just in order to justify the maintaining of certain government agencies. (Did I hear Homeland Security and The Patriot Act?) It is a fast paced and thrilling, sometimes bone chilling movie, if you actually put in the effort, to look beyond the fact of entertaining yourself. It is so real, that it could play in the middle of the current United States of America today. This movie is definately one, which you will enjoy, if you are a critical, politically involved and educated individual, who wants more than the shoot 'em all up terminator style movie.
Very interesting action flick. An elite assassin(Kristy Swanson) for acovert U.S. agency decides not to pull the trigger on her latestassignment.She spots her target who is a well known TV reporter(David Dukes) playingwith his child and decides to not take his life. Now she and her targetarehunted down by her employers. Michael Madsen and Ron Perlman aredeterminedto catch the savvy and sexy sharpshooter.
This review is from: Supreme Sanction (Amazon Instant Video) Good story line. Good play off by the actors with the banter back and forth. Liked it a lot. Good buy for the price
This movie is only so-so as entertainment, but I found the subject matterextremely interesting given the current political climate. I won't spoil itif you haven't seen it, but suffice to say that it has to do with usingterrorism as a pretext to justify government power. Mmmmmmm. As usual, theconcept of "what if the entire government were doing that" isn't explored,but it still scored a blip on my raised-eyebrow-radar (see "Enemy of theState" and "The Matrix" for other recent films in this vein, both betterthan this one; "Conspiracy Theory" is not as good as those two but alsoworth seeing if you like this kind of thing).And, of course, it's got Kristy, so I had to give it a 5. Actually I mighthave given it a 4 but the other actors did a pretty good job and thedialogue was above average even if the plot wasn't as explosive as the titlemight suggest. A nice effort, for a low-budget thriller.
It's fairly evident throughout the moviethat the plot has been molded after PointOf No Return and others of the genre. Christy Swanson plays a government assasinthat must kill against her will. Watch it if you'd like tosee Swanson dressed up as a lady of the night!
Please give this one a miss.Kristy Swanson and the rest of the cast rendered terrible performances.Theshow is flat, flat, flat.I don't know how Michael Madison could have allowed this one on his plate.He almost seemed to know this wasn't going to work out and his performancewas quite lacklustre, so all you Madison fans give this amiss.
In my mind Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco) is one of themostunderrated actors in Hollywood. He has given some great performances(watchhim out-act all of the talented actors in Reservoir Dogs). But he hasn'tgotten as much respect as he deserves because besides some big movies(Donnie Brasco, Free Willy 1 and 2, The Getaway, Thelma and Louise) he hasappeared in more low-budget, small, often direct-to-video films. OnceagainMadsen appears in a small film, this time debuting on HBO. The story lineis similar to the much superior (though average) film The ReplacementKillers. Kristy Swanson (8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, The Chase) plays agovernment assassin who refuses to kill a famous reporter because she seeshim with his kid. Because she does this, her government agency ordersMadsen and friends to kill her. This starts off some boring actionscenes.Swanson though a talented actress in unconvincing as a professionalassassin. The other actors are average at best. Once again, MichaelMadsensaves the day. If it wasn't for Madsen's strong presence this film wouldbehorrible not just below-average. The film would have been a lot betterhadMadsen received more screen time. Recommended only for Madsen'sperformance.
Essentially, Supreme Sanction is about abuse of power. A clandestine U.S. government agency called Alpha Section is engaged in Counter Terrorism or CT. The government has been cutting back on funding for counter terrorism (you can tell this was made before September 11th, 2001) and the administrators of Alpha Section come to the conclusion that if their agency's funding is ever going to be restored to its previous high level, then the agency is going to have to create a domestic terrorism scare by engaging in terrorism itself.The movie begins with a helicopter belonging to an alleged terrorist group in Arizona shooting down a National Guard chopper. Another guard helicopter then shoots down the terroristic copter. In the ensuing investigation, the lead investigator starts to come close to the truth about the alleged terrorist group and just who is behind it and Alpha Section reacts by having one of its top assassins, Jenna (Kristy Swanson) kill him off. This assassination not only removes a threat to the agency's agenda, but it also helps further a domestic terrorism scare in the country.However, unknown to the Alpha Section higher-ups, Jenna became disenchanted with her job once she realized the full implications of the hit. When the agency tasks her to assassinate award winning TV investigative reporter Jordan McNamara (David Dukes), her feelings towards her employers come to a boil and she rescues him from a certain death. Both Jenna and McNamara are subjected to a harrowing chase by terroristic government agents who will stop at nothing to kill them off.Eventually, they make their way to the secret hideout of the "invisible man" Marcus (Donald Faison) who is a scientific genius of the first order. Marcus helps Jenna and McNamara craft a plan aimed at both eliminating as many government thugs as they can as well as exposing the evil Alpha Section as the out of control agency that it really is.While the above may sound like a farfetched plot, the way that this movie is executed, it is a well done action thriller and it actually holds up to repeated viewings. The acting is very good especially by Swanson, Faison and Ron Perlman in the role of the chief administrator of Alpha Section. Of all the main actors, only Michael Madsen turns in a poor showing.
Non-stop action meets cliche Madsen evil.
Supreme Sanction is a movie about a female assassin who works for theU.S. government. She has to kill a known TV reporter, but spares hislife when she sees that he has a little daughter. Because she hasn'tkilled him, she becomes the next target of her employers.The script isn't good although I've seen worse B-movies. A hit-man withremorse, the government killing innocent people in the name of fightingterror,... What's next? Aliens rescuing the victim??? No, SupremeSanction will never win any award because of the script. And the actingisn't any better I'm afraid. A few better known actors (Michael Madsenand Kristy Swanson), who clearly had a lot of bills to pay and thereforaccepted to play in this movie, together with some other actors whoprobably don't even know what a camera really looks like don't do anygood to the movie either.So why should you watch this movie? Well, if you haven't got anythingbetter to do but to watch some action flick and you are tired of the10,531st rerun of Mc Gyver or the A-team, than this might be the movieyou want to see. Otherwise you better leave it alone. I give it a 3/10.