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BRAD DAVIS AND SHARON STONE IN 'COLD STEEL' WITH ADAM ANT

Year: 1987 Rating: ***1/2

Sometimes those unknown flicks that seem straight-to-video or befitting a light night cable channel can actually work, like COLD STEEL, now billed as a Sharon Stone vehicle since her BASIC INSTINCT breakthrough, a cop action drama actually literally driven by MIDNIGHT EXPRESS actor Brad Davis as a cop whose father is murdered, and he wants revenge...

On the peripheral, looming in the antagonist spot is Iceman, a villain both living up to his name and the film's title... 

Like any thug played by Jonathan Banks, fresh from BEVERLY HILLS COP only in charge this time and equally formidable, frightening and with a robotic voice-box in his throat, each pre-kill threat has a creepy and sinister vibe...

As Davis and his comic-relief partner venture from one near-death situation to the next, the suspense builds nicely, as does the action, in particular one car chase starting on the streets and winding up in the middle of a stock car race, about as good as any big venue mainstream action flick...

And he's chasing none other than 80's new wave icon Adam Ant as Iceman’s hyperactive, cool and ultra-quirky British partner, and a pretty good actor for a musician, providing a terrific balance of overboard zany and lethal menace, as if this were his very own cult b-movie, especially with the line "I feel bigger with a trigger!" and, last but not least is Sharon Stone, whose gorgeous blond ingenue enters our hero’s life so breezily you’ll know there's something  under her sleeve, and, okay fine, so it’s not THE FRENCH CONNECTION: but for an unknown underdog cop thriller, this has bite.

Adam Ant in COLD STEEL
From COLD STEEL
From COLD STEEL
Adam Ant in COLD STEEL

Brad Davis in COLD STEEL
Sharon Stone in COLD STEEL
Brad Davis in COLD STEEL with Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone in COLD STEEL
Adam Ant in COLD STEEL
Adam Ant in COLD STEEL
Sharon Stone in COLD STEEL
Jonathan Banks in COLD STEEL
Adam Ant in COLD STEEL

 

 

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