William Shatner

B Movie Night- The Kidnapping of the President 1

A mid-budget thriller with a fair thriller plot, I’m not sure what this one’s doing on the Rare Cult Cinema dvd.  It could be the presence of William Shatner as the lead.

The President is in Canada for a meeting about oil and energy independence, but a notorious South American terrorist has other ideas.  Shatner is Jerry O’Connor, a senior Secret Service operative brought in to run the protection detail when his superior has a heart attack on Air Force One.  O’Connor is a lot more cautious than the President, but even his vigilance isn’t enough to prevent the very public snatching of the leader of the free world.

The means of holding the President is a bit ludicrous- he’s locked inside a booby trapped armoured truck which is parked up on a plaza in plain view whilst the terrorist negotiates the ransom from a hotel room and his accomplice is in the crowd with her finger on the trigger.  Action is minimal, and tension isn’t as high as it could be, but it proceeds smoothly to the final showdown.  This isn’t a top tier thriller, but it is competent and diverting.  And Shatner manages something more than the mannered, faltering delivery you’re used to from him.

William Shatner is the Rocket Man

Not quite as insanely brilliant as his rendition of Common People, but still fairly mad.

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it’s cold as hell
And there’s no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don’t understand
It’s just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time…

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