Blown Away (1994 film)

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Blown Away
Blow Away 1994 Film Poster.jpg
Directed byStephen Hopkins
Produced byPen Densham
Richard Barton Lewis
John Watson
Written byJohn Rice
Joe Batteer
Jay Roach
StarringJeff Bridges
Tommy Lee Jones
Suzy Amis
Forest Whitaker
Lloyd Bridges
Music byAlan Silvestri
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Release datesJuly 1, 1994
Running time121 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish/Irish
Box office$30,155,037 (USA)
 
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For the 1992 film of the same name starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, see Blown Away (1992 film). For the Carrie Underwood album see Blown Away (album). For the single by Carrie Underwood see Blown Away (song).
Blown Away
Blow Away 1994 Film Poster.jpg
Directed byStephen Hopkins
Produced byPen Densham
Richard Barton Lewis
John Watson
Written byJohn Rice
Joe Batteer
Jay Roach
StarringJeff Bridges
Tommy Lee Jones
Suzy Amis
Forest Whitaker
Lloyd Bridges
Music byAlan Silvestri
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Release datesJuly 1, 1994
Running time121 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish/Irish
Box office$30,155,037 (USA)

Blown Away is a 1994 action thriller film starring Academy Award- winners Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.

Plot[edit]

Ryan Gaerity (Tommy Lee Jones), an Irish terrorist, escapes from his cell in a castle prison in Northern Ireland, killing a guard and his cellmate in the process, after turning a toilet into a bomb.

In faraway Boston, meanwhile, Lt. Jimmy Dove (Jeff Bridges) is a veteran bomb disposal technician for the Boston Police Department bomb squad. He irritates his captain, partner and everyone else when he plays hero and disarms explosives.

Nobody, except for his uncle Max (played by Jeff's real life father Lloyd Bridges), knows of Jimmy's dark past. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jimmy's actual name is Liam McGivney. He had been friends and partners with Gaerity, who, unbeknownst to Liam, was a freelance terrorist. After a botched attempt to stop Gaerity led to the bomber's imprisonment and the death of Liam's girlfriend (Gaerity's sister), Liam fled to Boston and became Jimmy Dove. Max told Dove to be careful after he came to Boston.

Gaerity comes to Boston to seek vengeance against Jimmy, who is semi-retired but working as an instructor. Gaerity gets a job as a janitor, in order to get close to Dove and his friends. Gaerity begins taunting his old protégé with threats and his homemade explosives and causing the deaths of Jimmy's colleagues Blanket, Cortez and Rita. With his new family now in danger, Jimmy reveals his secret to his wife Kate (Suzy Amis).

After he tells her, Kate decides to go into hiding. Jimmy returns to action to hunt for Gaerity, while rookie technician Anthony Franklin (Forest Whitaker) investigates Jimmy, suspecting a connection between the two. Dove tries to tell Max to stay away from Gaerity, but Max decides to help stop the madman himself, when Dove tells him he doesn't want Max to get involved in his business. Max finds Gaerity in a bar and contacts Dove, but Gaerity gets into a fight with Max in a bathroom. Dove received Max's phone call, but arrives too late.

Max is kidnapped by Gaerity and later released with a bomb strapped to him that is triggered by both motion and a timer in a schoolyard. Dove arrives shortly before the timer runs out and, while he briefly leaves to get his tools, Max stands up to trigger the motion sensor on the bomb, because he knew that Dove would've only gotten himself killed as well while trying to save Max's life. Dove proceeds to track Gaerity to his steamboat hideout, booby-trapped with explosives. After a brief fight, he cuffs himself to Gaerity, prepared to die in order to keep his secret and prevent any more deaths. He is saved by Franklin at the last minute, leaving Gaerity to die when the boat detonates in a massive fireball.

Dove and Franklin hurry to reach a performance of the Boston Pops orchestra before it ends. They need to get to Kate, a musician, in time to rescue her (after Gaerity reveals that he has booby-trapped her car). After a harrowing chase, they disarm the bomb.

Franklin tells Dove that he knows his secret, but will leave the matter alone if Dove lets Franklin be the hero and take all the credit for taking down Gaerity. Franklin wonders if Dove will ever get tired of being a hero. Dove gives Franklin his badge and gun and walks away with his family.

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Reception[edit]

Blown Away earned mostly negative reviews from critics, holding a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 18 reviews. The film was widely criticized for the poor Irish accents of the three Irish characters, with Tommy Lee Jones' portrayal of Ryan Gaerity particularly receiving criticism.[1]

Release[edit]

The VHS of the film was released in December 1994. The UK rental tape of the film notably featured a Tango Orange advertisement in the trailers at the start which was banned from television for being frightening.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The worst Irish accents in Hollywood movies". Irish Central. 2011-03-20. Retrieved 12-09-2011. 

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