DVD Review: Kiefer Sutherland In CHICAGO JOE AND THE SHOWGIRL - Movies In Focus
Long before he was Jack Bauer in television’s 24, Kiefer Sutherland used to make movies, they weren’t always great movies, and that’s the reason why he’s now on television. Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (which I will, from this point onwards simply call Chicago Joe) isn’t a great movie, but it’s not bad either. Released in 1990, Chicago Joe is based on the true story of a young US soldier posted in London during the Blitz who meets up a fame obsessed Londoner, and before you can say Blitz, Brits and Badlands, they go on a robbing and killing spree. The big problem with Chicago Joe is that the film doesn’t know what tone to take. It wants to be a black comedy, a surreal fantasy film and thriller, however due to its randomly shifting tone, it fails to be any of the above. In particular, the first half of the movie is filled with scenes where the main actors appear as if they are in a 1940’s gangster film – for no apparent reason (other than to show that the showgirl of the title is a fan of gangster films), totally taking you out of the film. Once the [...]