HUD­SON HAWK

OUT 15 oc­to­ber / cert 15 / 100 mins

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW - Jonathan PILE

A film that was sup­posed to hit as big as

Die Hard 2 had the year be­fore, Bruce Willis’ 1991 cat-bur­glar ca­per Hud­son Hawk was a no­to­ri­ous crit­i­cal and box of­fice flop. And a glo­ri­ously en­ter­tain­ing one, at that. The base idea is charm­ing — a cap­puc­cino-lov­ing thief (Willis) who times his heists by singing swing songs as he works is co­erced into steal­ing a se­ries of Leonardo da Vinci-themed relics — but the slip­shod pro­duc­tion, where any idea was a good one, even the bad ones (es­pe­cially the bad ones), meant the bud­get bal­looned, the shoot over­ran and the fin­ished movie is a mess of over-the-top per­for­mances and knuck­leg­naw­ingly aw­ful jokes. But, as with Last Ac­tion Hero, the en­joy­ment comes from watch­ing the mad­ness un­fold in front of you — the cra­zier it gets, the worse it gets, and (ul­ti­mately) the bet­ter it gets. The phrase “so bad, it’s good” was in­vented for dis­as­ters like this.

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