While it may not add up to anything very profound, this paranoid thriller is put together with so much craft and economy that a significant part of its pleasure is seeing how tightly and cleanly every sequence is hammered into place. . . . This is first-class action storytelling stripped to its essentials: no shot is held any longer than is needed to make its narrative point, and the streamlining makes for a bumpless ride.
Second viewing, first in >20 years, newfound appreciation - maybe because the young, lean and dangerous James Woods is easier to appreciate now, when we no longer take him for granted. The character isn't soft-pedalled (it's a shocking moment in the photo booth, when he cuts the throat of the traitorous cabbie) but Woods' charisma is irresistible.