Review by Chastity Campbell
Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Doug Savant, Jenna Leigh Green,
Gregory Harrison, Dean Wray
Director: Armand Mastroianni
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Video: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Studio: Columbia Tri Star
Features: See Review
Length: 92 Minutes
Release Date: April 8, 2003
At this point in time, it is very hard for anyone in the
entertainment industry to present a story with an original storyline.
Most modern movies are rehashed versions from the past with newer,
hipper, actors and actresses. While
the premise behind First Shot has been explored hundreds of times, this
movie manages to present itself with a little more style, and a lot more flair
than we’ve become accustomed to.
In this made for TV movie, Mariel Hemingway reprises her
role as Secret Service Agent Alex McGregor.
Hemingway appeared for the first time as Agent McGregor in the Television
movie First Daughter. She
handed over her gun and badge to Darrell Hannah who portrayed Agent McGregor in
the second installment of this series titled First Target.
Returning to the series is also Grant Coleman, the rapid riding river guide who has appeared in all three installments of this series. Grant and Alex are married now, and he is completely obsessed with making it to Mexico for their honeymoon. Alex is ready to hit the trail, but before she can get the heck out of Dodge, someone comes along and shoots the President on her watch. Now President Jonathan Hayes, played by the very versatile and underused Gregory Harrison (Trapper John M.D.), is down for the count, and the clock is ticking. He doesn’t get a lot of face time in this movie, but he was shot in the chest and that does tend to cause a few problems.
With some super sleuthing help from her husband and back up
team, Alex is able to piece together the events that lead up to the shooting of
the President. It seems the freedom
fighters, who were killed after kidnapping the Presidents daughter Jess in First
Daughter, had a brother. This
half brother, played by actor Dean Wray, has decided to restart the Freedom
Fighters Militia and get a little revenge in the process by taking out the
Commander-In-Chief as well as his best Agent.
First Shot was put together very nicely.
The pacing is easy to follow, and even though the storyline is a bit
predictable, the actors made me not mind as much.
Mariel Hemingway and Gregory Harrison are two of the most
underused talents in Hollywood. Harrison
with his boyish good looks and charm is the epitome of what the Hollywood
leading man should be. Hemingway is
absolutely gorgeous and shows time after time, when given the opportunity, that
she knows how to shine with the best of them.
The supporting actors were very well cast, and helped the secondary
plotlines move along effortlessly.
Director Armand Mastroianni is back for his third turn in
the director’s chair. While his
directing style doesn’t seem to have evolved much from the first movie, it is
his consistency that lends these movies their sturdy foundation.
First Shot may not be first in its class of
entertainment but it is fun to watch. Take
a shot at this DVD and you will most definitely go home a winner!
This DVD is presented for you to view in a 1.78:1
Widescreen format. I am so used to
DVDs, being set up in anamorphic widescreen format that I was thrown off a bit
when I realized this one was not. This
however, does not detract from the viewing experience of this DVD.
While some dirt and grain was visible throughout this DVD, I still have to give it a thumbs up for quality overall.
The audio for this DVD was presented in a Dolby Digital
Stereo mix. The background and
dialogue were balanced against one another very well.
There were a few dips and drop offs with the audio, however, the blend
was satisfactory and maintains the status quo established by other DVD
First Shot was a bit wide of the target in the DVD
Interactive Menus lead you to movie trailers for Half
Past Dead, I Spy, and National Security.
Subtitles in English, Japanese, and French are available to
enhance your viewing experience.
Then it’s time to push play kids because, as Porky Pig
would say, “Theee ah ah theee ah ah, that’s all folks!”