directed by Jack Sholder
(Universal, 1989)

Buster McHenry (Kiefer Sutherland) has gone undercover looking for a bad cop in the Marino gang. The jewelry store heist he's taken part in goes bad and he's running with the bad guys when their mad rush takes them through an art gallery where a Lakota spear is on exhibit. Marino (Robert Knepper) grabs the spear and shoots one of the Native American men as he's leaving.

Hank Storm (Lou Diamond Phillips) is the brother of the man killed during the gang's escape. His father, the Lakota medicine man, charges him to get the spear back, so Hank steals a Corvette and takes off in pursuit. He arrives just in time to save the life of McHenry, who was left for dead after being shot in the back by Marino.

Thus, a very unlikely partnership is born. McHenry wants to bring in the bad guys and Hank's sworn to kill the man who stole his tribe's spear. Sutherland and Phillips are a great pairing, they're great for drama and the occasional bits of humor to relieve the tension. There's a little odd-couple tension, some Native folklore, a solid chase scene or two and enough twists to keep you watching. Despite being nearly 20 years old, this film directed by Jack Sholder still holds up pretty well.

review by
Becky Kyle

12 November 2011

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