Action Movie Fanatix Review: Nighthawks

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One Man Can Bring The World To Its Knees And Only One Man Can Stop Him.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport, Rutger Hauer

Director: Bruce Malmuth

1981  |  99 Minutes  |  Rated R

“I didn’t join the police force to kill people.” – Deke DaSilva

Nighthawks is a Stallone movie that rarely gets talked about.  There is probably a reason for it.  It’s not exactly Rambo, The Expendables or even Rocky.  Nighthawks is a police action drama with 70s pacing.  It just doesn’t fit the rest of his filmography and probably doesn’t click with a lot of his fans.

Deke DaSilva (Sylvester Stallone) and Matthew Fox (Billy Dee Williams) are two tough New York City cops track down Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer), a German terrorist who moves his politically motivated acts of destruction to the USA.

It’s a little weird to see Stallone looking like this.  Longer hair, glasses and a beard just don’t seem right on him but this has to be one of Stallone’s top performances.  Deke DaSilva is a realistic, albeit shallow, character.

The part of Matthew Fox could have been played by anyone.  He is really nothing more than DaSilva’s partner.  We get that there is a relationship there but it isn’t as fleshed out as it should have been.

Rutger Hauer absolutely steals the show.  His Wulfgar is 100% believable as a political terrorist and his performance is “cant take my eyes off the screen” good.

As I said, Nighthawks isn’t a balls to the wall action movie.  It is an intense cop drama thriller with a wicked terrorist baddie.

Nighthawks is a tricky animal.  On one hand it is pretty slow moving with a minimal amount of action.  On the other hand the performances are truly awesome.  I normally don’t have as much fun with a movie that moves at a turtles pace but Nighthawks had enough going on that the pace didn’t hold it back.  I’m not sure I will be watching Nighthawks again any time soon but I definitely enjoyed it.

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