The Specialist (1994) (part 4 of 4)

We next go to a funeral, where it turns out “Adrian Hastings” is actually the name of an old woman who recently died. Naturally, Ray finds this out the hard way, when he shows up and sees May there, alive and well. Later, Ned shows up at the funeral, and realizes he’s been duped. This triggers… well, total confusion from me, and I’d like to think I’m a smart guy. This is seriously one of the most needlessly convoluted scripts ever.

For those of you keeping track: May is using Ray to help Ned get to Ray so he can keep the Leon family safe when in fact he really just cares about getting back at Ray. May also wants Ray and Ray wants May but May is sort of working with Ned which makes her a danger to Ray. God, my head hurts right now. Thank god Sharon Stone gets naked in this movie, because if I just wanted to watch James Woods walk away with a film, I’ve got lots of better options.

Apparently, the writers never learned that twists need to either move the plot along or show an aspect of the plot in a surprising way. It’s not a shock that May turns up alive, and it would still be the case even if she wasn’t being played by the hottest actress working at the time. The crosses and double-crosses that come later are equally silly, because they feel more like an excuse to pad out the movie than anything organically related to the story.

Later, Ray and May check into a hotel, and some cheesy sax music comes on as they proceed to have sex. A lot. Seriously, the last two sentences just ate up about three minutes of screen time. We’re now into the third act of the movie.

The Specialist (1994) (part 4 of 4)
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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: The Specialist (1994)

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