Terminal Velocity is a good turn off your brain action flick. Given, the entire plot behind the movie is entirely unbelievable. But every now and then, it’s good to be able to just sit down and shut off one’s senses and veg out to a good brainless shoot-em-up action movie. And this movie is exactly that. It’s no Die Hard. But it’s still a fun movie for those times when viewers want to simply escape the rigors of the world and into a fantasy world of sorts.
The story behind Terminal Velocity is entirely outrageous and unbelievable. But it isn’t the first story of its type, either. That being the case, the silliness and unbelieveability can be tossed out the window. The plot behind the movie is actually pretty easy to understand once one lets oneself being immersed in the story. Essentially, “Ditch” falls for a beautiful blonde when he takes her out on a skydiving lesson. As a result of falling for her, he ends up unwittingly becoming entangled in a big gold heist. The gold heist is being perpetrated by a group of Russians, some of whom were involved in the former KGB. Chris (played by Nastassja Kinski) had been involved in it, but decided she wanted out, so the others are trying to kill her so she won’t spill the beans about the heist. So “Ditch” has to protect her from the killers. What’s really interesting about the story behind the movie is that if viewers allow themselves to be taken in by the movie (even though they will know the whole time that they’re watching a movie), they will find that they won’t want to turn away. That’s a sign that writer David Twohy did something right, as did director Deran Sarafian.
Charlie Sheen was a good choice for this story. Having starred in the equally silly action flick, “The Chase” (which was in itself a remake) earlier in the year, casting him was natural. Even the name “Ditch” Brodie seemed fitting for him. Sure it was a nickname, but it was just as outrageous as the story. And so was the character. No one else would have fit the mold. That near perfect character fit combined with a story that’s so silly that action fans won’t be able to keep from watching. It all makes for a movie that as outrageously unbelievable as it is, is still one that will be a guilty pleasure for any action flick fan.
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