The Peacemaker (1997) George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iures, Aleksandr Baluev, Rene Medvesek Movie Review

The Peacemaker (1997)   3/53/53/53/53/5

George Clooney in The Peacemaker (1997)

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When a train carrying nuclear weapons crashes with another in Russia there is panic in the White House over the possible nuclear fall out. That is until White House member of staff, Julia Kelly (Nicole Kidman), looks at the satellite imagery and says they are inconsistent with a nuclear explosion. Special Operations Intelligence Officer Colonel Thomas Devoe (George Clooney) looks at the same images and spots something else which suggests that this may have been terrorists. Together Devoe and Kelly end up on a globe trotting mission to uncover who is behind all this and prevent the nuclear weapons from reaching Iran or where ever the master mind is targeting.

How "The Peacemaker" should come across is; the clock is ticking, an office worker and an action man try to save the day whilst there is obvious sexual chemistry between them. Instead what we get is some office worker and an action man try to save the day stuff whilst there is some minor sexual chemistry but with everything over thought and causing the movie to not only end up over long but uneven. Not only that it causes it to lack the flow needed with the big action scenes coming across as forced set pieces.

Nicole Kidman in The Peacemaker (1997)

But despite this "The Peacemaker" sort of works as it is an easy movie to follow with some decent energy and as I said some set piece action scenes which in fairness are sometimes spectacular. Plus there is the cast and you have George Clooney who continuously drops his head to one side and smiles with those brown eyes which I am sure will appeal to some whilst there is also Nicole Kidman giving it some sort of sexy office thing, although not really working for me. Basically "The Peacemaker" is a commercial piece of movie real estate and as such ticks many a box when it comes to visual appeal.

What this all boils down to is that "The Peacemaker" is a crowd pleaser for those just seeking commercial entertainment with the right cast and big action alongside an easy enough plot to follow. But as such it makes the mistake of dragging things out too long and trying to make every action scene spectacular.