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Fast Getaway II

Cynthia Rothrock fans are likely to feel shortchanged by "Fast Getaway II," an OK crimer that relegates the martial arts star to occasional walk-ons in what's basically a Corey Haim vehicle. Movie is a slicker, more technically polished product than the 1991 first entry and should tick over nicely in ancillary formats, but action buffs won't be busting down the doors for this one.

With:
Nelson Potter ... Corey Haim Lily ... Cynthia Rothrock Patrice ... Sarah G. Buxton Sam Potter ... Leo Rossi Rankin ... Pete Liapis

Cynthia Rothrock fans are likely to feel shortchanged by “Fast Getaway II,” an OK crimer that relegates the martial arts star to occasional walk-ons in what’s basically a Corey Haim vehicle. Movie is a slicker, more technically polished product than the 1991 first entry and should tick over nicely in ancillary formats, but action buffs won’t be busting down the doors for this one.

Cocky bank robber Nelson (Haim) has abandoned his life of crime by opening up a bank insurance business with his tolerant g.f. (Sarah G. Buxton) while his father — and former partner (Leo Rossi) — waits to exit from the stir.

When Lily (Rothrock) breaks into a bank that Nelson has just declared iffy on security, and she later plants a knife with his prints atanother crimescene, father and son team up to take her on. Things are further complicated for Nelson by having a sleazoid FBI agent on his case full time.

Though Rothrock gets in her high kicks from time to time, she’s essentially a marginal figure in a movie that plays on Haim’s boyish charm and his relationships with Buxton and Rossi. Buxton, especially, makes a mark in a role that could have been just a reaction part.

Technically, the Arizona-set and shot pic is smooth under helmer Oley Sassone (“Bloodfist III”). Martial arts choreography is uninspired, but hardware action sequences are up to scratch.

Fast Getaway II

Production: A CineTel Films release of a Live Entertainment presentation in association with CineTel Films. (International sales: CineTel.) Produced by Russell D. Markowitz. Executive producer, Paul Hertzberg. Directed by Oley Sassone. Screenplay, Mark Sevi, based on characters created by James Dixon.

Crew: Camera (Foto-Kem color), Mark Parry; editor, Glenn Garland; music, David Robbins; production design, Jeannie M. Lomma; costume design, Shanna Knecht; sound, Lee Archer; stunt coordinator, Gary Paul; martial arts choreographer, Gregg Brazzell; assistant director, John Wildermuth. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 13, 1994. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Nelson Potter ... Corey Haim Lily ... Cynthia Rothrock Patrice ... Sarah G. Buxton Sam Potter ... Leo Rossi Rankin ... Pete Liapis

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