San Francisco hostage negotiator Scott Roper (Eddie Murphy) gets on the wrong side of psycho jewel thief Michael Korda (Michael Wincott), and now it's personal.... This tedious cop picture casts Murphy in Wiseacre Action Guy mode (a la the far superior 48
HRS) and pits him against a sociopath of such surpassing viciousness that even the most mild-mannered viewer can't help but cheer when the creep finally gets what's coming to him. To call the picture formulaic is to miss the point: It's so openly contemptuous of its audience that it doesn't even
bother to run the formula. The buddy with "Dead Man Walking" written on his forehead (Art Evens) isn't around long enoug...