Rush of Fear (2003)   2/52/52/52/52/5


Rosanna Arquette and Chris Potter in Rush of Fear (2003)

Diamond it isn't

Jack (Joseph Kell) and his wife Alex (Rosanna Arquette) have gone away for the weekend to try and deal with their marriage issues whilst Jack was to meet up with Sam Bryant (Chris Potter) a dot com owner her was going to have a meeting with. But when Jack doesn't return from taking a rental car back Alex begins to worry and tries to report her husband missing to the local sheriff. What Alex doesn't know is that a trio of jewellery thieves had previously used the car and a gem hidden in a make up bag ended up getting lost in it which leads to them coming after them to find it. With Jack missing Alex teams up with Sam to try and get to the bottom of things and quickly suspect it is to do with a make up bag which Alex handed in to lost property at the hotel.

Bad guys holding a husband prisoner, a stolen jewel in a lost bag, the cops suspecting the wife and friend having done away with the husband; these are some of the cliches which make up "Rush of Fear". They are also part of the problem because being built on cliches makes this less than enthralling with just the occasional tense scene coming along to make you sit up and pay attention. Even the twists thrown in to the mix when you have three thieves, who really shouldn't trust each other, working together fails to really make this the attention grabbing movie which maybe with more time and money it could have been.

It isn't just the cliches which end up letting "Rush of Fear" down as it is also the generic nature of the characters which cause it problems. To put it simply I couldn't even put a name to a single character and beyond Sam telling us he once owned a dot com I have no idea what any of them did. But then on top of this they throw in some action such as a motorbike jumping over a police road block and yes it is thrilling in some ways but also feels massively out of place.

What this all boils down to is that "Rush of Fear" is only ever at best middle of the road entertainment but sadly frequently ends up below par and a little of a struggle to remain interested in.


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