Sometimes a sequel to a successful movie sounds good on paper, but is it always a good thing? In this case, writers Roy Huggins and John Pogue decided to make a sequel to The Fugitive, focusing this time on Tommy Lee Jones’s character. Now I never saw this in theaters but would always wind up catching the last hour or so of it on TV for years. I think it was about 5 years after it came out that I finally saw U.S. Marshalls in it’s entirety.
The plot: After assaulting a prisoner while he was in custody, Deputy U.S. Marshall Sam Gerard is ordered to accompany a prisoner transfer to D.C. and then do some P.R. During the flight, an assassination attempt against one of the prisoners causes the plane to crash. Gerard, along with most of the prisoners and guards, manages to survive the crash but Mark Sheridan, the prisoner that was to be killed, manages to escape. Gerard and his crew begin a manhunt for the escaped fugitive, with every step closer to their man bringing more truth’s about the case to light. But when one of Gerard’s teammates is killed in the line of duty, the case becomes very personal for Gerard and nothing was going to stand in his way from catching the man responsible.
While The Fugitive was one of the best movies to come out in ’93, it’s sequel did not fare as well. While U.S. Marshalls was met with mixed reviews from the critics, it only earned a 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A lot of the complaints focused on the similarities to the previous film and the plot being too confusing. While the audiences did seem to go to see the movie, it only earned a little over $102 million worldwide, which was 3 times less than what The Fugitive made five years earlier.
I loved The Fugitive and while I did not hate U.S. Marshalls, I was a little “meh” towards it. Tommy Lee Jones did a good job, but the character just didn’t seem to have the same charm as he did in The Fugitive. Wesley Snipes also put in a good performance but his character just seemed poorly written and you couldn’t empathize with him the way you could with Richard Kimble. The plot seemed to have a lot more twists than were necessary and it seemed to get in the way of the movie because they tried to tie up all of the loose ends that they created. The actions scenes were good and there also some decent scenes of suspense but a couple of good scenes can not carry the whole movie. If it was a stand alone movie it would have been a lot better but as a sequel, it was a little disappointing.
A little but disappointing as a sequel but a decent move that is worth a watch.
Rating: 3 out of 5