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Mimi Leder
Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Michael Schiffer

A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they're used by terrorists.

Box Office:
$50 million.
Opening Weekend
$12,311,939 on 2362 Screens.
Domestic Gross
Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French Dolby 5.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
Portuguese Dolby 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 124 min.
Price: $14.98
Release Date: 9/21/2010

Bonus:• Stunt Footage
• “From the Cutting Room Floor”
• Trailer


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The Peacemaker [Blu-Ray] (1997)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 10, 2020)

Given his current status as virtual “national treasure”, it can be tough to remember how long it took George Clooney to become an Official Movie Star. After he earned fame via his role on TV’s ER, he leapt to a slew of potential hit films, but Clooney needed more than a few flops to finally gain true “A”-list status.

1997’s The Peacemaker stood as one of those many financial disappointments. Given its $50 million budget, its $41 million US wasn’t a terrible fate, and the movie took in $110 million worldwide, so it almost got to profitable status.

Still, Peacemaker felt like it should’ve become a breakthrough for Clooney, not a film without much box office impact. While Peacemaker wasn't one of the all-time greats, it certainly deserved a better fate than it received.

After a train crash, a Russian nuclear weapon explodes. At first this appears to stem from an accident, but nuclear expert Dr. Julia Kelly (Nicole Kidman) suspects someone intentionally detonated the weapon.

Kelly gets placed in charge of the investigation, one that takes a broader turn when US Army Special Forces officer Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Devoe (Clooney) provides evidence that someone staged the train crash to steal nuclear weapons. They trace events to unravel the conspiracy and prevent subsequent nuclear explosions.

For the most part, The Peacemaker has a lot going for it, as it can be pretty exciting and compelling. The film tells a fairly complex story which moves at a nice clip from start to finish.

All facets of the film never seem less than competent and they usually exceed that standard pretty easily. While the film doesn't exactly redefine the action thriller genre, it makes for a rousing example of the form.

The Peacemaker does break from some tradition for a few refreshing changes. For one, the lack of romance between the leads becomes a welcome twist.

Despite two attractive actors via Clooney and Nicole Kidman, they never go down the smoochy path. The filmmakers use a clever bit of misdirection early in the movie, as the tale sets up the notion that at least one of the pair is available and looking for love.

Happily, Peacemaker essentially ignores this theme the rest of the way. In fact, there's virtually no hint of any romantic overtones until the final scene when we get the idea that Clooney and Kidman may get together. Frankly, I could do without even that, but the treatment of a professional relationship between two beautiful leads offers a refreshing change.

Kidman's role seems somewhat unusual in that it doesn’t need to be played by a woman. At virtually no point during the film can I find a scene that requires a woman in Kidman's role.

Admittedly, the presence of a woman as this character makes it easier to let the role cry or look awkward in a new job, as audiences tend to accept vulnerability from women much more easily than from men. Nonetheless, a male definitely could fill the part with very little rewriting.

While Kidman's Dr. Julia Kelly needs to come across as a strong woman - after all, she's the boss of Clooney's Col. Tom Devoe for the duration - unfortunately she spends much of the film as Devoe's sidekick. Occasionally we get to see glimpses of her Princeton-educated mind in action, but not to the degree where Devoe's brawn gets balanced by Kelly's brain.

Both lead actors do well in their roles. Clooney's charming-guy smirk pops up sometimes, but for the most part he keeps it in check and makes his tough-guy character believable.

Kidman also makes you accept her character. She comes off just as convincingly during moments of strengths or weakness.

Peacemaker didn’t find a huge audience, but it manages to deliver a pretty good thriller. This ends up as an absorbing tale.

The Disc Grades: Picture C/ Audio B/ Bonus D

The Peacemaker appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This wasn’t a terrible transfer but it wasn’t especially good, either.

Sharpness tended to seem erratic, partly due to the presence of moderate edge haloes. These made some shots seem loose and tentative, a factor that impacted overall clarity.

Still, much of the movie offered reasonable delineation, and I saw no issues with jagged edges or moiré effects. As for print flaws, I noticed the occasional speck but nothing major occurred.

Colors veered toward a teal and orange orientation, and the hues seemed lackluster. A few brighter shots exhibited fairly nice vivacity, but the tones often seemed somewhat flat.

Blacks were acceptable, while shadows tended to seem somewhat muddy. Low-light shots lacked great clarity and could appear a bit dull. In the end, this became a watchable image but not one that impressed.

At least the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack fared better, as it offered reasonable scope. Much of Peacemaker followed a fairly chatty path, so it lacked a ton of fireworks, but it opened up nicely when allowed.

Various action beats – like the explosion early in the film – used the five channels to engulf the viewer, and music provided nice spread. General atmosphere ruled the day and delivered a good sense of the different settings.

Audio quality worked fine, with speech that seemed natural and concise. Music offered good range, as the score appeared bright and bold.

Effects added oomph to the proceedings and showed accurate tones. Louder sequences brought up solid low-end as well. This turned into a satisfying mix, even if it didn’t dazzle.

Only minor extras appear here, and we find five minutes, 36 seconds of Stunt Footage. It mixes video material with shots from the final film to offer a decent look at some of the movie’s action.

In addition to the film’s trailer, From the Cutting Room Floor offers a three-minute, one-second featurette. This is a gag reel, but one with a gimmick, as it intermixes comments from director Mimi Leder, actors George Clooney and Nicole Kidman and screenwriter Michael Schiffer with the goofs.

This acts as a moderately fun conceit. The participants praise the actors and set up a contrast to the mistakes we view. It’s still just a blooper compilation, but it’s better than average.

With two A-list actors in tow, The Peacemaker becomes a professional, engaging thriller. Nothing here elevates the genre, but it brings us a lively adventure. The Blu-ray offers good audio but visuals seem mediocre and the set includes negligible bonus materials. Though I like the movie, the Blu-ray seems lackluster.

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