Most Wanted

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Hypothetically speaking, were Keenan Ivory Wayans actually the character he plays in this film, Sgt. James Dunn, and were he on the run from corrupt army personnel, and were I the evil commander of the unit assigned to find Dunn, I would simply issue the following directive: "Everybody walk around Los Angeles and keep your eyes peeled for a big black guy with a shiny, bald head the size of a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float." Your henchmen immediately capture two suspects, you let Ving Rhames go, you throw Wayans in the brig and -- voila! -- the movie's over and everyone can go home.

Wayans isn't difficult to spot anywhere, since his successes have apparently convinced him he can write action screenplays. One thing an action story needs to do is allow the audience to answer this question affirmatively: "Would a sane person act in the same manner as the main character?" While every law enforcement person in Los Angeles is looking for him, Dunn runs around in broad daylight like a complete imbecile, then tries to look genuinely shocked when he's chased about.

He's chased by Lt. Col. Grant Casey, played by Jon Voight, who, given his recent roles in this film, "U-Turn" and "Anaconda," appears to be giving it his best shot for a "Star Search" tryout. Watch Voight closely -- he's doing an impression of Robert Duvall from "Apocalypse Now."

Equally convincing is Jill Hennessy, who plays Dr. Victoria Constantini. She and Dunn hook up after Dunn discovers she has a videotape of the assassination of the first lady, the very crime for which he's been framed. Hennessy's acting says "doctor" like Al Gore's dancing says "disco fever" and this film says "believability."

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