Judgment Night

Judgment Night ★★★★

When I think of Judgment Night, the 1st thing that comes to mind is the groundbreaking mashup soundtrack. The Hip-Hop / Alternative mash features pairing such as: Living Colour with Run-D.M.C., Slayer with ICE-T, Sonic Youth with Cypress Hill and Helmet rocking with House of Pain. It's one of the finest soundtracks of the early '90s; joining Juice, Above the Rim, The Crow and Dazed and Confused as one of my favorites. But, what I forgot, was how thrilling, exciting, and tense this "Survive the Night" / "Wrong Turn Wrong Place Wrong Time" movie is.

It all starts with the almost perfect cast. Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr, Stephen Dorff and Jeremy Piven are the "good" guys. Denis Leary, Everlast from House of Pain and Zed from Pulp Fiction are the "bad" guys. All the fellas are in their prime, or close to it. Leary is the standout. The motherfucker is ruthless. While Piven might be annoying; he acts the way 99.9% of us would act in a similar situation. I like how there isn't a weak link, and every actor brings their all to each character.

Next, you have the setting. The murder capital of the USA. The streets of Chicago. Man, they live up to their reputation. What a loco adventure. From an RV chase gone real dead, to an apartment standoff, to fighting it out in the sewers like you're a TMNT, to an epic supermarket showdown standoff; the action is non-stop and suspenseful.

As much as I love the soundtrack, Judgment Night's biggest strength could possibly be the actual musical score. It's music you hear in epic heart pounding blockbusters. It's Cat and Mouse music. It's "I'm gonna fuck you the fuck up" music. What an amazing combination of musical delight!

Judgment Night does just about everything right. You can't tell me you don't enjoy Cuba's facial expressions as he's shooting a gun or the way Denis goes completely nuts on one of his own guys. The darkness ain't no joke in Judgment Night. I hope you get the chance to experience this overlooked gem.

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