The Saint (1997)
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Valeri Nikolayev, Henry Goodman
Irony is always interesting to contemplate. The Saint somewhere falls in this line as from the title to the end of the movie; the undertones of irony are attractive. Sadly, only these undertones manage to be attractive as this 1996 released movie in totality fails to be so, negative critical reviews only adding to this point.
The movie begins at the Saint Ignatius Orphanage where a boy named John Rossi, who calls himself ‘Simon Templar’, makes a plan and runs away with his fellow mates from the orphanage, only to be caught later. This boy grows up to be called ‘The Saint’ (Val Kilmer), a professional thief. Problems arise for him when he is hired by oil baron Ivan Tretiak to steal a cold fusion formula from American electrochemist Dr. Emma Russell (Elizabeth Shue). But when Tretiak learns that the formula is incomplete, he orders to get Simon killed and extract the remaining formula from Emma. Simon and Emma, in face of a common enemy, join hands and try to save themselves from the hunting forces of Tretiak. After endless travails and numerous twists, Tretiak is finally exposed. Later, Emma presents her cold fusion formula to the world, while ‘The Saint’ anonymously makes donations of huge sums, acquired from Tretiak’s accounts.