Metro

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"San Francisco's top police hostage negotiator is about to get more than he ever bargained for."
  • R
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 57 min
  • 5.6  (28,899)
  • 41

Metro is a 1997 action-thriller film directed by Thomas Carter and starring Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport, and Kim Miyori. The movie follows the story of Scott Roper, a tough and experienced San Francisco police hostage negotiator, who is forced to confront his own limitations when he fails to prevent a bank robbery that led to a brutal murder.

The film begins with a tense standoff between Roper and a suicidal man on the edge of a skyscraper. Despite Roper's best efforts, he is unable to save the man, and the tragedy haunts him throughout the movie. Roper is then assigned to train new negotiators and quickly becomes a mentor to his brightest recruit, Kevin McCall.

As Roper and McCall work on different cases, they develop a close working relationship, but things take a turn when one of their cases leads to a bank robbery. The robbery turns violent, and Roper and McCall find themselves in a dangerous situation that quickly spirals out of control. The robbers, led by a ruthless mastermind named Michael Korda, take a female hostage and demand safe passage out of San Francisco.

With the clock ticking, Roper and McCall must work together to save the hostage and bring the robbers to justice. The plot thickens when Roper discovers that Korda has a personal grudge against him and will stop at nothing to get even.

The film follows a classic buddy cop formula, with Roper and McCall's differing personalities providing both comedic relief and dramatic tension. While Roper is experienced and jaded, McCall is young and eager to prove himself, leading to some entertaining clashes between the two.

Eddie Murphy delivers a solid performance as Roper, showcasing his range as an actor by balancing the character's tough exterior with his inner turmoil. Michael Rapaport shines as McCall, capturing the character's earnestness and vulnerability. Kim Miyori delivers a strong performance as Roper's love interest, Veronica, who also happens to be his boss.

The movie also features some intense action sequences, including a thrilling car chase through the streets of San Francisco and a shootout in a subway tunnel.

In addition to the action, the movie also touches on themes of redemption, loyalty, and the toll that a high-stress job can take on a person's mental health. Roper is haunted by the suicide he failed to prevent at the beginning of the movie, and the weight of that failure begins to take a toll on him as the story progresses.

Overall, Metro is a classic 90s action movie that delivers on both the comedy and the drama. With a strong cast and engaging storyline, the film is a must-see for fans of the genre. While it may not be groundbreaking or particularly thought-provoking, it provides an entertaining and exciting experience from beginning to end.

Metro is a 1997 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 57 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 41.

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  • Release Date
    1997
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 57 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    5.6  (28,899)
  • Metascore
    41