Renny Harlin is Santa.
We’re convinced of it. After decades of giving us such wonderful presents as:
PRISON (1988) --
THE ADVENTURES OF FORD FAIRLANE (1990) --
CLIFFHANGER (1993) --
DEEP BLUE SEA (1999) --
and MINDHUNTERS (2004) --
-- well, honestly... There you have it. The proof is in the plum pudding.
These films are the Tonka Toys of Hollywood -- durable and tough -- hours of frolicsome fun you can never grow out of.
An ambrosial, generous trove -- but let's not forget to unwrap THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT!
Harlin delivers a one-horse open sleigh-full of deceptions, transformations and substitutions --
-- but the greatest gift under this bloody cinematic Christmas tree would have been a mere stocking-stuffer in anyone else’s toyshop -- but Harlin is a Finnish ex-pat and the Finnish take their gift giving verrrrrry seriously.
So let’s pull up a chair with jolly old Renny Claus, hoist high a hearty grog of frosty milk, slam down a couple of cookies and unwrap this gift of gifts together...
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