Bland action and a slew of movie references can't save the prison-break movie Fled.
Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Baldwin are two convicts chained together on a work
detail in Georgia (in the spirit of The Defiant Ones). When another prisoner assaults a
guard and starts a firefight, Fishburne and Baldwin make a quick escape. Unfortunately,
Baldwin may have some information desperately wanted by both the district attorney, and
the more dangerous Cuban Mafia. Will Patton is the Georgia detective who originally
tracked down Baldwin, and who is enlisted to help find the fugitive. And Salma Hayek
is featured as a civilian who (for reasons unexplained) decides to help the criminal duo.
There are a couple of plot twists, neither one too surprising, and plenty of action scenes,
notable only for their lack of style and excitement. The film is packed with movie references,
from Shaft and Deliverance to the Fugitive and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Unfortunately, most of them are throwaway references good for only a chuckle (though a jab
at What's Love Got to Do With It seems inspired). The plot makes a couple of jumps that
don't seem to make sense except to advance to yet another action scene. If only those
scenes were worth the wait.
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