Ricochet, a suspenseful, exciting police thriller that loses its way at the end, is the story of a good cop whose life is destroyed by an obsessed psychotic criminal whom he sent to prison years before. Nick (Denzel Washington) is a successful happily married police officer with a distinguished record. He is drugged, kidnapped and framed by Blake (John Lithgow) who has never forgiven him for arresting him years before. Nick must redeem himself both to the police force, his family and the public who had come to love and respect him. Denzel Washington is excellent in his role of the good man in an impossible situation. John Lithgow, while always interesting, is completely over-the-top as the psychotic criminal, and the film looses plausibility during an extended and highly improbable and unbelievable final chase sequence around the Watts Towers. Despite these flaws, Ricochet is an exiting suspense film with a fine performance by Washington and worth watching despite its disappointing conclusion.
- Genre(s): Crime and Mystery,Drama,Thriller
- Run Time: 104min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 10/04/1991
- DVD Release Date: 04/29/1998
- Distributor(s): Warner Brothers
- Themes: Haunted By the Past,Criminal's Revenge
- Tone: Confrontational,Gritty,Menacing,Slick,Tense,Flashy
capture, evil, friendship, genius, killing, lawyer, maniac, prison, scheme, tracking [following], urban, bad-guy, cat-and-mouse, escaped-convict, false-accusation, good-guy, investigation, law-enforcement, murder, on-the-run, police
- Country of Origin: USA (10-04-1991)
- Language: English