Born to Run (1993)

Though it opens with a Streets of Fire look as broody macho rebel Richard Grieco takespart in some nocturnal drag races in an urban hellhole, this turn sout to be less an action movie than a clod hopping family drama. Because his brother is mixed up in shady deals with the local mob boss, Grieco has to compromise his principles, but sundry other uninteresting distractions, like bimboid blonde Shelli Leather, prevent him from getting back into any exciting business until the end. Albert Magnioli (Purple Rain) is a competent lighting cameraman, but hopeless as a director, especially when lumped with a castful of pretty but wooden people.
KIM NEWMAN

First Published In: Empire (issue unknown)


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