Quick doesn’t quite live up to it’s title, and probably should have been called something contrary to that like “Slow” or “Take Your Time”. It’s technically an action thriller but it ambles along at a leisurely pace, one pearl in a strand of interchangeable 90’s B Movies that you’d never dream of actually watching unless you’re a serial cinephile like myself. Actually, there is one reason this one stands out and may be worth one’s time: Teri Polo. Mrs. Gaylord Focker from Meet The Fockers to most, she’s on an early career rush here as the titular assassin, a deadly femme fatale playing the cops and the mob against each other whilst simultaneously romancing a meek accountant (Martin Donovan) who knows too much about a powerful crime boss (the legendary Robert Davi in relaxation mode). Polo is probably one of the sexiest female protagonists I’ve seen in an action flick, exuding natural sex appeal, especially in a scene with Donovan that would get anyone hot and bothered. It’s too bad the film itself can’t keep up with her and arrives pretty limp. Not even the usually magnetic Davi can seem to rile up a pulse. The only other spark of life is Jeff Fahey as a psychotic corrupt cop who’s into violent kinky sex and probably should never have been given a badge. Tia Carrere isn’t bad either as his foxy partner. Not a terrible flick when you consider the cast and what they get to do, but at the end of the day it’s still essentially just polished up time filler junk.
Why is this movie rated this high? Much like Speed or V for Vendetta, this film holds sentimental value because this was the first Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron film I saw. Before Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, there was this. Scoff as much as you want but this was the movie that made me a Schwarzenegger and in essence, a James Cameron fan. Actually, you know what? It is also the movie that made me fall for Jamie Lee Curtis. And these aren’t lies. True Lies was a first of many.
Look, the entire of a husband stalking his wife because he thinks is cheating on him does not sound healthy but in a twisted humorous kind of way, it also forces him to realize the secrets he has been keeping from his wife about his actual job occupation. She almost does one extreme and he is already doing the extreme. Has it affected my opinion of it over time? Not really. Just because Jamie Lee Curtis punches Arnold Schwarzenegger in the face for the lies. The cheesiness factor is there though - ‘My horse is getting tired.’ or the simply unbelievable bike jump from the Marriott Hotel to a rooftop pool - it ain’t a perfect movie by any means. There are things inherently problematic here - the running time for starters. This criticism has wained over time though. The entire sequence between Schwarzenegger and Paxton in the Ferrari is cringe-worthy and is definitely not pleasant to sit through. (cont’d below)