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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 9, 1996)
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JACK CARTER (Damon Wayans), escorts ex-friend and current prisoner Archie Moses (Adam Sandler) through
the Arizona desert after their plane is downed by drug dealers seeking to kill Moses before he can testify against
‘Bulletproof’ co-stars Sandler, Wayans
provide audience with laughs, action
By Bret Schulte
A movie like “Bulletproof’ must b
graded simply on the basis of pure en
tertainment value, which it supplie:
through laughs and action. Stars Adan
Sandler and Damon Wayans both d<
their part to help out.
Wayans plays Jack Carter, a stan
dard, GQ good cop who plays by th<
rules but frequently enjoys head-butt
ing skulls open like a can of pork ‘n
beans with the help of a recently ac
quired metal plate in his forehead.
c Jack has a problem, hence the
premise ofthe movie. He has betrayer
friend Archie Moses (Sandler), a pettj
thief who also works as a henchmai
for Colten, a big-time drug importe
played fairly aptly by James Caan.
Moses has the goods on the ins ant
outs of Caan’s drug ring, which make:
him extremely valuable to both Coltei
and the police. The plot revolvei
around Moses trying to avoid getting
killed by the drug guys and beingjailer
“Bulletproof’ runs like a beefie
“Bad Boys” sequel, chock full of
punchy sound effects and a soundtrack
that sounds like it was assembled out
' of various samples from “The Grind.”
: Also adding to the comparison is one
. player acting as the straight man with
; the big biceps while the snail guy picks
i up the one-liners.
> However, when comparing the two,
“Bulletproof’ wins out with much
■ more finesse and a touch more plot.
: Damon Wayans plays an extremely
■ convincing “there’s a really good
chance I’m going to kick your ass” type
■ of character — much more than Will
Smith could muster. Sandler made me
; laugh out loud tn several occasions,
i which is more than what I could ever
r say for Martin Lawrence,
i Sandler’s gags are consistent with
' his albums and previous movies and
work suprisingly well within the script.
I What doesn’t work, however, is when
5 he has to act. His moments of “rage”
i as he is betrayed by Carter are entirely
i unconvincing and come out sounding
; like another gag or punchline,
t Be sure you are familiar with the
term “suspension of disbelief” before
■ you witness some of the shooting vol
leys. Hollywood also has to learn that
bullets still hurt guys even if their necks
arc thicker than the plot.
Overall, the movie is a success in
the new and quickly abused twenty
something, action-comedy genre.
Sandler Y serious moments detract
from the overall message about the cost
of betrayal, but in a movie like this, no
one is really going to care.
" ‘V- ■■ 4 ; . •
Sandler did a competent job doing
what he was supposed to do: make us
laugjh. However, the script requires a
bit more, and when Sandler has to
stretch from being a smart-ass he falls
a bit short. Wayans did his best to be
bad, and you don’t even care that David
Spade didn’t make a cameo.
Film: “Bulletproof” *
Stars: Adam Sandler, Damon Wayans
Director: Ernest Dickerson
Five Words: Shoot ‘em up and
New sculpture receives warm reception,
praise from artists, community leaders
NOTEBOOK from page 12
“I am so pleased to see you people
and not parking stalls,” van Bruggen
said. “We have been incredibly encour
aged by many of you here.”
After the artists spoke, the jazz
band Gallery Walk Cabaret played
while those attending admired the
Many openly expressed their praise
Esa Sallinen, a visiting student from
Kansas State University, attended the
“It’s pretty cool,” Sallinen said. “It
brings a lot to the environment here.”
Gazala Khan, a graduate architec
ture major, thought the sculpture was
a wonderful addition to the campus.
“It’s something everyone can relate
to,” she said.
Hong Jiang, associate professor of
computer science and engineering, said
he thought the sculpture served as a
good junction between die campus and
“It emphasizes the academic atmo
sphere,” he said. “It shows the prom
ise and frustration for a student or even
a faculty member.”
After the induction, van Bruggen
and Oldenburg signed autographs in
front of the sculpture.
“It’s amazing how many people in
this community are interested in art,”
van Bruggen said.
Oldenburg and van Bruggen, who
have works featured in Chicago, Phila
delphia and the University of Nevada
Las Vegas, expressed their pleasure
“It’s a very warm reception, and I’m
not talking about the weather,”
BAND from page 12 _
(101.9) disc jockey and singer Nikki
Boulay, received such extensive airplay
in Omaha that their album peaked at
No. 9 in the Sound Scan Survey. This
survey keeps track of record sales in
Lead singer Matthew Banta isn't
sure what the secret of the album’s sell
ing success has been.
“It’s hard to divide the success of
the single and the record. There’s no
way to tell if the success is from the
single or from seeing us live,” he said.
“We don’t get die same crowd at every
show. Eighty percent of the faces are
ones we’ve never seen before.” '*
-Guitarist Joe Rhodes said big egos
have not become a problem because
the group isn’t widely known outside
“The fact that we’re playing outside
ofNebraska is kind of humbling,” gui
tarist Joe Rhodes said. “People outside
ofNebraska don’t know our music.”
But hopefully that will change, as
Blue Moon Ghetto will be playing on
the Spring College Tour for NA£A.
(National Association far College Ac
tivities). Colleges contact NACA when
they have an event they want a band to
Rhodes said groups such as the
Dave Matthews Band and RJE.M. got
their start playing the campus circuit.
With the success of the band safer as
a guide, maybe someday an up-and
coming band will say that about Blue
Moon Ghetto. _
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