'Most Wanted': ha!

October 10, 1997|By Chris Hewitt | Chris Hewitt,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE

"Most Wanted."

Could the title be more generic? More important, could the movie?

I think not. It's one of those "Fugitive" knockoffs with an innocent guy who can't go to the cops until he figures out who really did it. The faux-gitive in this case is Keenen Ivory Wayans, a marksman who is set up for the murder of the first lady and goes underground. While he's there, he seeks the truth with the help of a doctor (Jill Hennessy), who cannot say hello without sounding phony.

The plot combines elements of the JFK assassination and the relationship between Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton with inane dialogue, laughable "action" sequences and characterizations so dopey that a woman behind me at a screening shouted, "How stupid is this person?" Twice.

And is there no one in Jon Voight's life who likes him well enough to tell him he cannot do accents? This is his fourth bad accent of the year (Southern, I'm thinking). Voight uses it as an excuse to indulge in some Joan Collins-esque hamming-up, playing the head of an elite team of maniacs retained by the government to kill crooks and overact.

But forget about the fact that "Most Wanted" is unbelievable. We don't ask for this kind of movie to be realistic. All we ask for is a few clever moments when something happens and we say: "Oh, of course. That makes sense." Nothing in "Most Wanted" comes anywhere near making sense.

'Most Wanted'

Starring Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jon Voight and Jill Hennessy

Directed by David Glenn Hogan

Released by New Line

Rated R (violence, brief nudity, language)

Sun score: *

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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