Cory & Nathan are getting random and diving into the flooded streets of London to rewatch the 1992 Rutger Hauer cult classic, “Split Second”.
Split Second (1992):
In the year 2008, global warming and heavy rainfall has left large areas of London flooded. Rookie police officer Dick Durkin is assigned to partner with Harley Stone, a burnt-out and highly cynical veteran homicide detective who, according to his commanding officer, survives on “anxiety, coffee and chocolate” after being unable to prevent the murder of his partner by a serial killer several years previously. Now however, the murders have begun again and Stone and Durkin are assigned the case. After investigating the scenes of several killings, they appear no closer to identifying the killer, with their only clues being that the murders seem to be linked to the lunar cycle, and that the killer has multiple recombinant DNA strands, having absorbed the DNA of the victims.
Finally, after Stone’s girlfriend Michelle is kidnapped, the detectives track the killer deep into the flooded and disused London Underground system and discover the truth: the killer is not human. It’s a horrific and possibly demonic form of life that is fast, savage, bloodthirsty and fixated upon killing Stone just as it previously killed his partner. In fact, as the movie progresses, each killing and “appearance” of the monster is an attempt to lure Stone closer and closer.
During a tense battle in and around an abandoned underground train, Michelle is found suspended over the water as bait, but Stone is able to pull the monster’s heart from its chest and kill it. However, as the policemen leave the scene with Michelle in a rescue dinghy, bubbles of air are seen breaking the surface of the water, suggesting that there may be more than one monster.
We give this movie a solid recommend. It is genuinely good and totally random. It has strong performances with a mystery that keeps you engaged throughout. Rutger Hauer may be getting on a bit for the role against Kim Cattrall, but he chews the scenery the whole time and is always a welcome presence. The teaming of Stone and Derkin is what elevates the movie in the second half as they try to uncover the mysterious identity of the beast the seek to destroy.
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