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The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)

The Taking Of Beverly Hills PosterIt’s Die Hard…
in Beverly Hills.

Is the main character an average Joe?
He’s aging football hero Boomer Hayes. So he can play football. That’s it.

Yes, Beverly Hills policeman Ed Kelvin (Matt Frewer).

Any personal problems?
The takeover robbed him of sex with his lady friend, and he’s aging.

Is the lead character there by coincidence?
He was in his hot tub when the truck with the so-called hazardous materials crashes and the officers came to get everybody out of their houses.

Are there any friends or family in danger?
No, just their valuables.

What’s at stake and why aren’t the authorities doing anything?
The authorities are the criminals. Hah! The cops who are not involved are locked in the station’s hazmat suit room. It takes 70 minutes for the National Guard to arrive so that’s why our hero has to stop them together with a cop who’s conscience is anything but at ease about the scheme.

Any charismatic villains?
It’s the head of L.A.’s football team, Robert ‘Bat’ Masterson played by who’s played by Robert Davi. The same Robert Davi that played Special Agent Johnson in Die Hard.

Is it any good?
No, it got negative reviews, a poor box office reception and isn’t even available on DVD.
You can read my review here

The Taking of Beverly Hills

Comments (10)
  1. They are planning a remake, I would go for Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Joe Manganiello, Milo Ventimiglia, Tom Welling, Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Runner, Derek Theler, or D.J. Cotrona as Gabe Walker; and Billy Zane, Kevin Spacey, Dominic Pace, Alec Baldwin, Gil Banks, Hugo Weaving, Robert Knepper, Brian Van Holt, Travis Fine, Skeet Ulrich, or Dash Mihok as Qualen.

  2. I think there is a way to improve The Taking of Beverly Hills, like instead an undercover Fed helped crippled a militia group and imprisoned many members including their leader. But the leader’s brother and a few members of the group plant bombs all over Beverly Hills, and threaten to set them off if the leader is not released, and the undercover fed seeks out the bombs while his partners buy him time.

  3. Blast is good, but it would be worthwhile to note that, Agent Lisa Reed (Vivica A. Fox) finds out that Michael Kittridge (Vinnie Jones) is actually a mercenary named Skyler Talbot and had killed the real Kittridge and stole his identity to throw off authorities.

    • There are some sites that list it as streamable, but I don’t know how legit they are. If you own an XBMC player I would advise you to look on that network.

  4. Don’t forget the other scenarios like Terminal Rush, Interceptor, Crash Dive, Counter Measures, 12 Rounds: Reloaded, 12 Rounds: Lockdown, Project: Shadow Chaser, Command Performance, Demolition University, Cyberjack/Virtual Assassin, Final Voyage, and Air Rage.

  5. For Speed 2: Cruise Control, it should have been Direct to Video, and not a sequel to Speed. The lead villain should have been a pirate instead of soft ware designer turned mad bomber trying to blow up a ship.

  6. Every time I see “Air Force One” I remember that in the Tom Clancy novels, the character of Jack Ryan becomes president. This film could have been part of the saga starring Harrison Ford, if he had continued it.

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