The River Wild

Year: 1994
Director: Curtis Hanson
Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, Joseph Mazello, John C Reilly
Meryl Streep takes a step down in an action adventure and Kevin Bacon proves again he's a quite effective villain in this entertaining enough but so-so thriller.

Streep and family are doing some harmless boating when two baddies take them hostage to ensure their freedom from the law.

A long and exciting chase down river with the wimp husband (Strathairn) in tow, trying to head them off at the pass, ensues. The dramatic leads give it credibility without which it would have been another straight to video action turkey.

A very early directorial effort from Curtis 8 Mile Hanson.

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