Monday, May 24, 2010
"WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?!?!?!?"
Kiefer, himself, has always been one of my favorite actors and truth be told, when I think of him, Jack Bauer isn't the role that first comes to mind. So in honor of the end of 24, I thought I would do a top 5 list of my favorite Kiefer Sutherland movie roles. Enjoy.
Freddy Lee Cobb - A Time to Kill: This gets an honorable mention simply because it is a smallish role and he isn't one of the main characters. As a white supremacist in the south who tries to get the Clan started up in his area amidst the controversy of the trial of Samuel L. Jackson, Kiefer is amazing. You really do feel the hate he brings out and well, if his job in the movie is to make you hate him, he does an excellent job.
#5 Athos - The Three Musketeers: I really feel this Disney movie of the Three Musketeers is a highly underrated movie. And Kiefer, as Athos, really does top all the good performances. He does the brooding, "life sucks", hero thing so well in this movie. Charlie Sheen, Oliver Platt, Chris O'Donnell, and Tim Curry all bring comedic relief to the film, but Kiefer is the heart of the movie and brings it the serious tone it needs to take it from a simple comedy to a movie I cared about.
#4 Ace - Stand By Me: So now we switch from brooding hero to brooding prick. Although he is not the main star of this film about 4 boys looking to find a dead body, Kiefer, as the older gang leader Ace trying to get the fame for himself, really is a memorable bad guy. He really is a jackass in this film and you almost wish Gordie would have shot him at the end.
#3 Nelson - Flatliners: Guess what Kiefer plays in this film. Yes, a brooding medical student fascinated by death. It's weird, when you watch this, you kind of want him to die and you kind of want him to survive. It's really a toss up. You want him to succeed, but man, he is kind of a dick in this movie to his fellow classmates in the quest to figure out the afterlife. If he had died, it would almost seem fair.
#2 David - Lost Boys: I bet almost everyone reading this expected this to be #1, didn't you. Amazingly, I even think of this before I think of Jack Bauer, but it still isn't my #1. What do you say about this film and this role? He rocks in this, he is mainly the main villain, but is is still so cool and you can't hate him. There are movie bad guys you can't wait until they are dead. Then there are roles like this where you like the bad guy so much, you almost like them more than the heroes. Have you seen any Lost Boys t shirts in Hot Topic with Corey Haim or Jason Patric on them? No, it is all about David. He is the true star of this film.
#1 Doc Scurlock - Young Guns 1 and 2: THIS, is what I think of when I think of Kiefer Sutherland. He is simply amazing in these two films and is truly the heart of them. I remember shortly after I saw the first one, me and some friends wanted to "play" Young Guns in the court. I didn't want to be Billy the Kid, the main star of the film. No, I wanted to be Doc. He was the outlaw with a heart. The outlaw with intelligence. And when he finally goes out in a blaze of glory (hehe) in the second film, I almost didn't want to watch anymore. He is easily one of my favorite movie roles; not just of Kiefer, but of ALL movie characters.