The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

There are few movies as gloriously over-the-top and entertaining as Renny Harlin’s “The Long Kiss Goodnight.” Ignore the underwhelming trailer or the lame cover art: This is an A-list fever dream of an action movie, filled with the sort of grandiose set pieces that made “Die Hard” a rolicking genre classic, not to mention some great comedic repartee among leads Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson to keep things moving along briskly. Speaking of Davis, this is perhaps her finest hour as a leading lady: She’s comfortable with the dramatic and comedic aspects of her role (which is no surprise given her pedigree), but her greatest accomplishment as Samantha Kane is how effortlessly she’s able to slip into Bruce Willis / ass-kicker territory. She spends a chunk of the movie kicking everyone’s teeth in while dropping one-liners like nothing could be more fun, and she’s a thrill to watch from beginning to end. Jackson seems to be having a great time as her sidekick too, and they share impressively warm chemistry which goes a long way towards selling the deliriously, enjoyably ludicrous plot. The climax is enough to leave adrenaline junkies with their knees knocking, and by the time the end credits roll, you’ll want to watch it again immediately.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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