Frank Wyatt (Emilio Estevez), along with his brother John (Stephen Dorff) and friend Mike Peterson (Cuba Gooding Jr.) set out to see a professional boxing match in Chicago with their friend Ray Cochran (Jeremy Piven), who is testing out a lavish RV has has borrowed from a car dealer. Stuck in traffic, Ray decides to save time by exiting the expressway and searching for a shortcut through a poor residential neighborhood. The four friends are alarmed when they hit a man named Teddy (Michael DeLorenzo), who they take into the RV. They find that he has been shot, and that he has a paper bag filled with money. The group sees a police car and begins pursuing it. They are unable to catch up and their RV is side-swiped by a Cadillac. The impact forces them into a narrow alleyway, leaving the RV stuck between two brick walls and unable to start. Moments later, three unknown men shatter the back window and drag Teddy out. Still inside the RV, the four friends witness gang leader Fallon (Denis Leary) shoot and kill Teddy, and then reminds the rest of the gang that they have a policy to leave no witnesses. As the criminals approach the RV, Frank sets it on fire, and all four escape through the front window. The four manages to get away, but the killers are soon back on their tail again while they are trying to find help in the middle of nowhere…

I saw “Judgment Night” back in the days when it came out in the videostore and then I reckon I saw it as an ok action vehicle, with Denis Leary hot from his MTV rants. There´s of course a strong moral pillar in this film. How do you handle this sort of frightening deadly situation? How do you handle friendship and family bonds being truly tested? And how do you handle the fact that your life is at stake for real? The movie itself is ok, but maybe not overly exciting in 2014 to be honest. The acting is ok from all involved, but the storyline is a bit too thin and dramatically it´s a bit weak at times in my eyes. It´s not fully balanced, but it´s not a disaster either. However, this movie will always be more known for the killer soundtrack that merged hip-hop acts with heavier rock sounds. (3 out of 5)

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