Director Harley Cokeliss takes on a script from cinema legend John Carpenter and produces a fine and thrilling drama starring the inestimable Tommy Lee Jones, with excellent support from “Terminator” actress Linda Hamilton and the Man From UNCLE himself, Robert Vaughan.
Jones is cast as Quint, a professional thief currently working for the FBI and hired to steal a tape containing valuable information from a company which is being investigated by the outfit. Unfortunately, Quint is discovered during his mission and hides the tape in a prototype car. This isn’t really the best hiding place as the car is the most advanced in the world and there are many other shady forces interested in obtaining it, including Nina, who steals the car while the information is still stored away inside it. This gives Quint something of a problem as he has to track both Nina and the car down and inevitably ends up falling in love with her. To make the situation worse, Quint is being tracked by a Government agent, Johnson and has made an enemy of Nina’s boss, the vicious killer Ryland who wants the car at all costs. Quint and Nina join forces to get both the car and the tape back but it is not going to be plain sailing for either of them.
Black Moon Rising is a great mid 80s action picture with Tommy Lee Jones on top form as Quint, a man with morals even though his lifestyle is somewhat dodgy. Linda Hamilton brings her usual believability to the role of Nina and is extremely easy on the eye andVaughanalso excels, with a silky menace exuding from every appearance he makes as Ryland. The action is well handled and surprisingly realistic, as this time, unlike with most action films, when Quint is beaten up it takes him some time to recover, rather than staggering to his feet and carrying on the good work straight away. There are some terrific car chases and theL.A.location is put to good and visually dramatic use by Cokeliss’ skilled and assure direction. Definitely worth a watch and a lot of fun.
Director: Harley Cokeliss
Writers: John Carpenter (screenplay), John Carpenter (story)
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton and Robert Vaughn