Cuba Gooding Jr. May Be "Hardwired" For Failure

by E-Ville Librarian@evpl on Monday, February 1 2010, 9:01am. Viewed 943 times.

Do you remember the days of Jerry McGuire when Cuba Gooding Jr. played a cut, overly-emotional, oscar-accepting superstar?  What happened to that guy?  I'm not sure when the still-young actor jumped the shark, but Daddy Day Camp?  The Devil's Tomb?  Wrong Turn at Tahoe?  Hardwired?  These last three I am particularly interested in seeing due to the fact they seemed to have gone straight from shooting to DVD.  Not a good sign for a one-time A-List actor.  "Hardwired" with a few no-name actors and Val "What's-Up-With-His-Hair" Kilmer, this movie had to be as low budget as they come.  Couple that with the fact that everything felt as though it was shot on a sound stage, and you've got an hour and a half of Cuba running around.  The premise, while mildly interesting in its Orwellian commercialism, is only marginally flushed out of this turkey before the end heavy-handedly stuffs the viewer for a sequel.  Trust ol' E'Ville, the first platefull of this will guarantee no return visits.  As a side note what's up with Val Kilmer's blue screen cameos???  Is this guy turning into the next Marlon Brando?? Line!?!  "The Horror ..."

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on Tuesday, February 2 2010, 1:08pm

There are probably too few opportunities for black actors - especially those who aren't 30 years old any more.  "Men of Honor" was a good role.  And I see on IMDB that he will be starring in a new George Lucas/John Ridley collaboration entitled "Red Tails" that is "the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II."