Boost

The Boost

3.0 2
Director: Harold Becker

Cast: Harold Becker, James Woods, Sean Young, John Kapelos

     
 

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James Woods and Sean Young were still "an item" when they costarred in The Boost. The stars play an investment broker and his girlfriend, who begin snorting cocaine on a recreational basis. Inevitably, the drug takes its toll, and soon Woods and Young have thrown away their lives in their desperate pursuit of their next fix.

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James Woods and Sean Young were still "an item" when they costarred in The Boost. The stars play an investment broker and his girlfriend, who begin snorting cocaine on a recreational basis. Inevitably, the drug takes its toll, and soon Woods and Young have thrown away their lives in their desperate pursuit of their next fix.

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Although its profane tone and dialogue are very much of the 1980's, The Boost plays like the kind of ham-fisted message fare that came out during the 1950's. Darryl Ponicsan's fast-paced script hits all the requisite "rise and fall" beats the story needs but it moves so fast that a lot of the connective tissue between these beats feels like it is missing, resulting in plot leaps and changes in character that hit the viewer with all the subtlety of a flying mallet. It also has some cringe-inducing cliché dialogue whenever the characters get philosophical about life and love. More importantly, the anti-drug angle seems like an afterthought that isn't integrated effectively into the storyline. Director Harold Pinter keeps the narrative moving forward in a technically competent manner but mainly leaves the actors to their own devices. This was an unwise choice because James Woods chews up the scenery with mad abandon -- he seems over-the-edge in the very first scene - while Sean Young delivers a series of line-readings so bland she seems to be in another movie. As a result, the duo has no chemistry whatsoever and the audience has little reason to become invested in the travails of their rocky relationship. In fairness to Woods, his commitment to the role and consistent high energy make his work here impressive to watch (particularly during an emotional-meltdown scene in a restaurant near the end of the film) but his work is so overblown that it veers into campiness. By the time the credits roll, the viewer is more likely to feel relief than sorrow.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
UPC:
0027616895400
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Audio commentary by James Woods and director Harold Becker; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Lenny Brown
Sean Young Linda Brown
John Kapelos Joel
Steven Hill Max
Kelle Kerr Rochelle
John Rothman Ned Lewis
Amanda Blake Barbara
Grace Zabriskie Sheryl
Scott McGinnis Actor
Zina Bethune Actor
Suzanne Kent Actor
Fred McCarren Actor
Marc Poppel Actor
Phillip Borsos Joel
Charles David Richards Limousine Driver

Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director
Howard Atherton Cinematographer
Susan Becker Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel H. Blatt Producer
Cindy Carr Set Decoration/Design
Terry Carr Producer
John Daly Executive Producer
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Ken Hardy Art Director
Mel Howard Co-producer
Walter Hoylman Sound/Sound Designer
Waldemar Kalinowski Production Designer
Lisa Lovas Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Mack Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Darryl Ponicsan Screenwriter
Ilene Starger Casting
Maury Winetrobe Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Wrong Guy [6:00]
2. Sinking [2:05]
3. Opportunity [2:18]
4. Day 1 [5:49]
5. Leisurely Activities [1:48]
6. One Year Later [5:28]
7. Lifesaver [:42]
8. Descent [4:54]
9. Wake-Up Call [2:56]
10. Santa Cruz [4:56]
11. Old Friends [3:15]
12. Downers [3:15]
13. Low Point [4:53]
14. One Last Chance [6:51]
15. Across the Line [1:20]
16. End Credits [2:47]

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The Boost 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a typical Hollywood cliche. The scenes between James Woods and Sean Young are awkward at best. Not worth the price of admission.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago