Parents' Guide to

U.S. Marshals

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lots of violence, peril in loud '90s action movie.

Movie PG-13 1998
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This is a textbook example of the bombastic action movies that ruled the 1990s. U.S. Marshals has all the ridiculous moments of chases, shootouts, and hokey dialogue that so defined big-budget action movies that were churned out by the dozens in the last years of the 20th century. There's some kitsch value, and maybe even some entertainment value, and, unlike so many of these movies that came out then, this one actually, somewhat, stands the test of time.

This is due almost entirely to the acting. Tommy Lee Jones adds more drama and tension than the words on the script actually promise, and doesn't go overboard with it. The same could be said for the villains, and those who, unsurprisingly, are revealed to be the real bad guys. As "the fugitive" in this spinoff sequel to the 1993 Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive, Wesley Snipes doesn't overdo it, and finds even some depth to this presumed villain. This works for what it is, even if what it is isn't great.

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