Annal: 2000 Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 2000.

Film:The Green Mile

The Green Mile

Frank Darabont

“The book was better” has been the complaint of many a reader since the invention of movies. Frank Darabont’s second adaptation of a Stephen King prison drama (The Shawshank Redemption was the first) is a very faithful adaptation of King’s serial novel. In the middle of the Depression, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) runs death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Into this dreary world walks a mammoth prisoner, John Coffey (Michael Duncan) who, very slowly, reveals a special gift that will change the men working and dying (in the electric chair, masterfully and…

Film:Arlington Road

Arlington Road

Mark Pellington

It’s easy to understand why Arlington Road sat on the studio shelf for nearly a year. No, the film isn’t awful; rather, it’s an extremely edgy and ultimately bleak thriller that offers no clear-cut heroes or villains. In other words, Hollywood had no idea how to sell it. Director Mark Pellington’s underrated directorial debut, Going All the Way, suffered the same fate, essentially because the filmmaker’s presentation of suburban America often shifts dramatically within the same film. Characters are usually miserable and bordering on meltdown, no…

Film:October Sky

October Sky

Joe Johnston

Coalwood, West Virginia, 1957. Working in the coal mines is an inescapable way of life in this small town. When high schooler Homer Hickam, Jr. (Jake Gyllenhaal) sees the Sputnik satellite in the night sky, he dares to break free of the mines and reach for the stars. With the support of his teacher (Laura Dern) and three friends, Homer sets out on an inspiring quest to build his own rocket. Overcoming a poor education, a tough father (Chris Cooper) and a series of misfires, Homer turns his dreams into reality in this incredible true story of hope, determination and triumph. “You’ll laugh with it, cry with it, and go away absolutely loving it,” says Robert Butler (Knight Ridder News Service) of the critically acclaimed October Sky.

Film:Payback (1999)

Payback

Brian Helgeland

They stole his money, turned his woman against him, and left him for dead. Now tough-guy poster child Porter (the appropriately world-weary Mel Gibson) is back, bad to the bone, and a mite ticked off at the Organization that done him wrong. Mucho macho carnage ensues.

It took some major guts for first-time director (and Oscar winner for the script of L.A. Confidential) Brian Helgeland to take a shot at adapting Donald Westlake’s pseudonymous, legendarily gritty novel The Hunter for the screen (especially considering that director John…

Film:The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Anthony Minghella

“I feel like I’ve been handed a new life,” says Tom Ripley at a crucial turning point of this well-cast, stylishly crafted psychological thriller. And indeed he has, because the devious, impoverished Ripley (played with subtle depth by Matt Damon) has just traded his own identity for that of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), the playboy heir to a shipping fortune who has become Ripley’s model for a life worth living. Having been sent by Dickie’s father to retrieve the errant son from Italy, Ripley has smoothly ingratiated himself with Dickey and his lovely,…

Film:The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough

Michael Apted

In his 19th screen outing, Ian Fleming’s superspy is once again caught in the crosshairs of a self-created dilemma: as the longest-running feature-film franchise, James Bond is an annuity his producers want to protect, yet the series’ consciously formulaic approach frustrates any real element of surprise beyond the rote application of plot twists or jump cuts to shake up the audience. This time out, credit 007’s caretakers for making some visible attempts to invest their principal characters with darker motives—and blame them for squandering The World Is Not Enough’s initial promise by the final reel.…

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