After the Sunset (2004) Sidling into a tiki bar, Pierce Brosnan turns up his nose at all the fruity "exotic" drinks and orders a Jack Daniel's. "Doesn't have a… 2004-11-12 PG-13 PT93M Comedy Mystery and Thriller Pierce Brosnan Salma Hayek Don Cheadle Woody Harrelson Naomie Harris New Line Cinema
Movie Review

After the Sunset (2004)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Salma Hayek, Pierce Brosnan, ... | I'M STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN Stealing diamonds with Hayek in the Bahamas. Fun!
Image credit: After the Sunset: Glen Wilson
I'M STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN Stealing diamonds with Hayek in the Bahamas. Fun!
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 12, 2004; Rated: PG-13; Length: 93 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek; Distributor: New Line Cinema

Sidling into a tiki bar, Pierce Brosnan turns up his nose at all the fruity ''exotic'' drinks and orders a Jack Daniel's. ''Doesn't have a fancy name,'' he growls, ''but if it was good enough for Frank, it's good enough for me.'' I'm not sure that line would have been good enough for Frank, but Brosnan, still sexy in gray stubble, delivers it as though it was. Set in the Bahamas, After the Sunset is a fun-in-the-sun heist caper that director Brett Ratner stages as if he were the activities director of a cruise ship. He wants us to get off on the packaged trappings — the umbrella cocktails, the cavernous hotel suites, the postcard vistas — and the actors perform with such cheeky, hey-we're-on-location! nonchalance that the movie barely musters the illusion that there's anything at stake.

That, however, is just what's appealing about it. As Brosnan's Max, a diamond thief extraordinaire, ''retires'' to the islands with his lover and accomplice (Salma Hayek), we know that he's really going in for one last score, and so does Stan (Woody Harrelson), the defrocked FBI agent who has tailed him there. As the two attempt to outwit each other, even if it means crawling into the same bed, the result is a knowingly preposterous toy thriller — a sheer escape from consequence. After the Sunset is really a tropical knockoff of the 1999 Thomas Crown Affair remake, with the Rene Russo character split in two. Hayek doesn't have much to do besides pout and doff her clothes, but she does that extremely well, and Harrelson, as Brosnan's buddy/nemesis/stalker, turns his goofiness into a royal prank on the audience.

Originally posted Nov 10, 2004 Published in issue #793 Nov 19, 2004 Order article reprints