Plot: Former CIA demolition expert Ray Quick (Sylvester Stallone) lives in Miami, where he works as a hit man. May Munro (Sharon Stone) contacts Ray to kill a family of mobsters led by Tom Leon (Rod Steiger) and his son (Eric Roberts), who murdered May’s parents 20 years ago. Ray agrees to the job and also begins an affair with May. His mission is complicated when he learns his former partner, Ned (James Woods), now works for the mobsters he is trying to kill.
The Specialist wasn’t exactly given glowing reviews when it came out and it’s easy to see why; there are a few unintentionally hilarious moments which are mostly caused by Rod Steiger overacting mob boss.
Practically every line is delivered in such an over the top (nice Stallone pun!) way that you’ll be smiling every time he speaks.
Stallone and Sharon Stone also have zero chemistry so their relationship isn’t particularly believable; but you know what? It doesn’t matter because the film is an absolute blast!
It’s got plenty of (literally) explosive action scenes with bombs going off every few minutes and has a kind of sexy vibe mostly due to John Barry’s awesomely slinky music score.
You’ve also got James Woods in one of his best and shoutiest roles as the villain Ned Trent who is fabulously smug. When Ray (Stallone) starts to push his buttons on the phone he totally loses his shit and it’s one of my favourite moments.
The following scene is Woods at his sneering best as he essentially bullies his new colleagues by demonstrating his skills as a bomb making expert.
It’s the kind of movie I can watch any time it’s on TV and it never gets old. Is it a great movie? No, but it makes me smile and was from that golden era of action movies which were always entertaining despite their flaws.
So Sue Me! I love The Specialist and if you don’t then I guess I’ll see your ass in court… where Ray will blow you up. Okay Ace?