'SwitchBack' is entertaining but illogical

October 31, 1997|By Chris Hewitt | Chris Hewitt,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE

One of those works-while- you're-watching-it/doesn't-when-

you-think-about-it movies, "SwitchBack" is an entertaining thriller with too many coincidences.

Writer/director Jeb Stuart keeps us off balance as we follow a bunch of creepy people whose stories seem unrelated: jolly Danny Glover, joy-riding in a car covered with photos of naked babes; Jared Leto as a sullen drifter; Dennis Quaid as a brilliant, enigmatic cop; and R. Lee Ermey ("Full Metal Jacket") as a small-town sheriff investigating a murder.

On top of all that, "SwitchBack" opens with a tautly filmed kidnapping that isn't mentioned again for an hour.

Stuart juggles "SwitchBack's" plot strands expertly, but he gets in trouble when he weaves them together. And he sacrifices clarity for the sake of surprising plot twists.

'SwitchBack'

Starring Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, Jared Leto

Directed by Jeb Stuart

Released by Paramount

Rated R (bloody violence, raw language)

Sun score: ** 1/2

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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