After the Sunset

2006-03-30 12:47

The world's best jewel thief, Max "The King of Alibis" Burdett (Pierce Brosnan), and his beautiful accomplice Lola (Salma Hayek) have come to Paradise Island in the Bahamas after a final diamond heist. With their financial future set, the couple is ready to relax and enjoy their ill-gotten riches.

But Stan (Woody Harrelson), the FBI agent who has spent years pursuing of Max, refuses to believe that his nemesis is actually retiring. He thinks that Max and Lola are actually plotting to steal the third Napoleon diamond - one of the three largest flawless diamonds in the world - which is scheduled to arrive on Paradise Island as part of a touring exhibition.

When the long-time adversaries meet up in paradise, the charming Max quickly turns the tables and befriends the frustrated detective. But the ever-suspicious Stan is soon locked in a breathless game of cat and mouse with Max and Lola.

What the critics are saying:

"Although Ratner strives for the quirky characters and clever plotting of an Elmore Leonard caper, After The Sunset is lost in the shadow."
- Stella Papamichael, BBCi Film

"An unalloyed delight, bright and breezy escapist fare that's pure entertainment, filled with romance, adventure, humor, action, suspense, beautiful scenery and beautiful people."
- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"After the Sunset fizzles so quickly that it's hard to care about the answers to any of the cliched mysteries it attempts to solve."
- Jen Chaney, Washington Post

A breezy variation on the standard heist movie template that never really gets into its stride. Woody Harrelson strains single-handedly to scare up the only amusing moments in this attractively dressed but generally dull film.

yvonne 2004/12/04 12:57 PM
after the sunset cool yes
Euan 2004/12/04 3:01 PM
Good Fun It never ceases to amaze me how anal retentive most critics are.They seem to expect an Oscar winning performance from every movie they review. I hadn't read any reviews of this movie, but happened to catch Woody Harrelson on Jay Leno & Pierce Brosnan on Conan O'Brien promoting it. On the strength of that I decided to watch the movie last night at Nu Metro Menlyn Park, the late screening. Having bought my ticket, I went to the Seattle Coffee shop & breezed through the Star. Saw a negative review of the movie, giving it 4/10, so went into the movie house with no great expectations. Ended up thoroughly enjoying the show, as did the rest of the audience. Lots of fun ... it doesn't take itself seriously at all. I can imagine the cast & crew having a great time making it. Now I'm not saying that I want to see it repeatedly & get the DVD, but it was entertaining & a whole lot of fun. It also showcases Salma Hayek as an incredibly stunning, sexy & smart woman ... I'm totally smitten! Bottom Bad Santa; Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reasoning.
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