Cliffhanger (1993)

Renny Harlin directs Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow and Michael Rooker in this action adventure where a mountain rescuer plays a game of cat and mouse over the Rockies with the robbers who are holding his friend hostage.

Easily my favourite Stallone. Shot largely out in the wild, this has an epic sweep and great score to boot. Kudos to composer Trevor Jones. The first two set pieces are absolute nailbiters. Both the harness snafu and the mid-air heist are fantastic sequences. The Die Hard on a mountain that follows in their impressive wake can sometimes feel a little forced. Everyone seems to be making bad decisions just so another pyrotechnic or argy bargy can happen! But if you put your mind out of gear there’s enough boo-hiss villainy from Lithgow to paper over the wobbly plotting. A fine Saturday night in, beer and pizza flick.


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