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After the Sunset (2004)

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Release Date
• USA: Nov 12, 2004
• UK: 19 Nov 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 29, 2005

Budget USD 60,000,000
BoxOffice: $28.3M

Official Website:
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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Country USA

Studio Contrafilm, Firm Films, Rat Entertainment

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Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Adventure, Comedy, Thieves, Hostage, Capers, Scams And Cons

Tagline: Who will walk away?

Plot: Max “The King of Alibis” Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) and his beautiful accomplice Lola (Salma Hayek) have come to Paradise Island in the Bahamas, fresh off their final big score in which they lifted the second of the three famous Napoleon diamonds. With their financial future set, the couple is ready to relax and enjoy their hard-earned riches.

But Stan (Woody Harrelson), the FBI agent who has spent years in dogged but failed pursuit of Max, refuses to believe that his nemesis is actually calling it quits. He thinks that Max and Lola are actually plotting to steal the third Napoleon diamond – one of the three largest non-flawed diamonds in the world – which is coincidentally scheduled to arrive on Paradise Island as part of a touring cruise ship exhibition. Since he has no jurisdiction in the Caribbean country, Stan teams with a local cop (Naomie Harris) and sets out to catch the sly Max and Lola in the act, while at the same time a local gangster (Don Cheadle) has his own plans for the diamond.

When the longtime adversaries meet up in paradise, Max quickly turns the tables and befriends the frustrated detective, showing him that Paradise Island has no shortage of pleasures to offer. But in order for Stan to figure out exactly what Max and Lola are up to, he will have to navigate

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 External Reviews
external linkYou'd have to search high and low to find screen lovers with less romantic chemistry than Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in ''After the Sunset,'' a jewel-heist frolic so stale it feels like a retread of a retread.

external linkAfter the Sunset borders on being described as a "guilty pleasure," because, despite not being especially well-written, it nevertheless offers a 100-minute, unpretentious diversion. Director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) gets the tone right, and the actors play along. After the Sunset is a film of small moments and big laughs. 3/4
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

external linkThe film is thin, insipid and unconvincing except when it argues for Salma Hayek's beauty. Nearly everyone else in it appears to be dozing on the way to payday.
--Stephen Hunter (Washington Post)

external linkI can't say enough about 'After the Sunset.' Its fusion of action, comedy, and romance make for one of the best films of the year, bar none. 5/5
--Joe Rickey (

external linkAs vacuous as it is innocuous, there is great irony in the title, as After the Sunset has come out a few too many years after much better heist flicks have had their time in the sun. 2.5/5
--Vince Leo (

external linkIt’s evident that Ratner wants to have fun with After the Sunset, maybe go for a Caribbean version of Ocean’s Eleven or Heist. It’s a nice idea, but in need of better characters, a better script, and a touch of evil. 2/5
--Pete Croatto (

external linkHilarious, dramatic, thrilling and beautiful, this movie has it all and an all star cast that knows how to deliver. The only thing truly criminal is if this movie isn’t a hit. 5/5
--Derek May (MovieWeb)

external linkNeither clever, nor thrilling, the film’s climax is completely unsatisfying, leaving the viewer feeling like a peeved adolescent with blue balls. 2.5/5
--JP Mangalindan (MovieWeb)

external the people who make movies not realize that most of us have seen movies before and are therefore not impressed when the same formulas keep popping up again and again? C
--Eric D. Snider (

external linkFor people satisfied by a world of sound bites – it’s made entirely of scenes that might have looked good as storyboards, but are a tiresome mess when put together onscreen. 58/100
--Brian Webster (Apollo Guide)

external linkBasically, it’s a “cute” date movie or video rental that is likely to be appreciated by most anyone on an aesthetic front, and likely entertain most enough to be satisfied as you walk out of the theater, but not fulfilling enough to restrain in your memory banks for over an hour after the movie is done. 6/10
--'JoBlo' (

 Directed by
Brett Ratner
X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon, Rush Hour
 Written by
Pierce Brosnan
Mars Attacks!, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day
Salma Hayek
Traffic, Dogma, From Dusk Till Dawn
Woody Harrelson
The Thin Red Line, Natural Born Killers, Anger Management
Don Cheadle
Ocean's Eleven, Crash, Traffic
Chris Penn
Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Starsky & Hutch
Troy Garity
Bandits, Barbershop, On Golden Pond
Mykelti Williamson
Forrest Gump, Heat, Three Kings
 Music By
Lalo Schifrin
Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour

external linkLight-hearted, enjoyable caper flick that gets good mileage from both its stunning locations and its equally stunning cast. 3/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkBahamas scenery, Woody Harrelson's pratfalls and Salma Hayek's itsy-bitsy bikini are the main attractions in "After the Sunset," a slick if hyper-predictable comic caper from one-man hit squad Brett Ratner. 2/4
--Lou Lumenick (New York Post)

external linkIf After the Sunset is about anything, it's the staggering sexiness of its stars, Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek. 1.5/4
--Jack Moore (The Movie Insider)

external linkPierce Brosnan does a less-than-convincing job of convincing us he's shaken (but not stirred) James Bond out of his system in this uninspired crime caper. 5/10
--Gary Panton (Movie Gazette)

external linkRegardless, the performances are done as well as they can be done, the set is beautiful, the heist is fun, the jokes are funny, and the movie is an all-around good time. It’s not great, but it’s fun. B-
--Zak Santucci (TheCinemaSource)

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