The Marked Man Review
*Some Spoiler action* Marked Man is about a man (Roddy Piper) who accidentally kills the drunk driver who hit and killed his fiancé! While in a low security prison, He sees something he shouldn't have seen and is framed for murder. He must escape the prison & go on the run to find evidence to prove his innocence. So, Perhaps the plot wasn't the most original, but I felt that this was a Good "No Frills" Action Suspense Thriller. There were no huge explosions or incredible effects, Just a solid story with good story telling. The pacing of the movie was brisk and it moved along well. It featured primarily an unknown cast, at least to me, that did a decent acting job, for the most part. Sure there were some moments that were rough, but the movie smoothly moved past these instances and they were quickly forgotten. The 2 standouts of the movie were Roddy Piper, and Miles O'Keefe.
*Spoiler Follows* Miles played Vince Mallick, the head of a security firm, and the brains behind the whole murder conspiracy. He is the fearless, calculating mastermind who is always in control of the situation, quick to come up with an alternate plan when things changed.He was similar, in this respect, to Roddy's character who was constantly on the run and forced to react "Quick on His Feet" to new, usually dangerous, situations. Being the lead on the run, Roddy carried this movie and did a good job of it. He got a chance to show a bit of his range, from content to heartbroken, from crazed and menacing to fearful, from angry to thoughtful. He may not quite be up to Hoffman or De Niro here, but he did a fine job playing an honest, honorable man thrown into a horrible situation and fighting thru it. I do have say though, that Rod's running style during the prison escape will never be mistaken for Carl Lewis'. Similarly in another scene, he is running down the sidewalk to escape a barrage of bullets from behind, and it looks like he's running in cement shoes. As for fight scenes, there were several, both believable & enjoyable, serving the the plot as needed. I liked them all, but perhaps liked the prison "fight scene" the best. In this one, Rod is on the short end of some shots by a kick boxer, and then seems to acknowledge "OK, you're good" and ups his game, taking out his competitor, ...ending with a wrestling move, of course. On the other side of the coin, Here are some things from the movie that make you go, hmmm?.... Why do people in movies insist on shooting "Head On" at someone driving a fork lift? Just wait until it passes or shoot it from the side. Yes, there was a scene that reminded me of the Austin Powers fork lift scene. Also, According to this movie, Can you guess what the "Easiest" place to break into is? Well, that would be the offices of a Security company, ......yes, a company that makes it's living off of providing security. Roddy did it in a couple seconds, I guess you just need to know exactly where to do it. And another thing, Why during fight scenes, Do the bad guys always let the good guys get back up when they have them beaten down to the ground instead of just finishing them while they're down? Hmmmm. So, as far as this film goes, Would I see it again? Absolutely! I actually watched it twice in preparing this review, and enjoyed it both times. I'd have to rate this movie a 7 out of 10. It was on the low budget side, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of it. Would I recommend it to Roddy Piper fans out there? Positively. Once again, he carries the movie, and fans of his work will enjoy it. This flick also appears to be the source of one of Roddy's popular catch phrases, "Ever Forward"! The question is, was it originally in the script, or did RP bring it to the movie? Hmmm.... Oh Well, Ever Forward!
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