Is it Lethal Weapon? Is it Die Hard? More like, tries hard. Crackerjack is a spirited knock-off action flick, complete with a German uber-villain (played by Christopher Plummer, of all people).
First off, biases aside, we LOVE Crackerjack III, one of the wackiest, bonkers action flicks of all time. And like that effort, the first installment in the unrelated series, does not disappoint.
A hard-boozing Chicago cop is suspended from the force (what? A corrupt Chicago police! Who would’ve thought?) When he’s cooling his heels, resting his jets and doing other cliche things, his sister and brother-in-law figure some R&R is in order, so they book a vacation to a BC mountain resort. Why BC? Because British Columbia is notoriously cheap and offers tax credits.
To ITS credit, there are some hilarious action scenes here, some dubious dialogue, and even overt references to other, better movies (there’s a Godfather-esque Fredo) and of course, a Hans Gruber from Die Hard.
Join us, folks.