The Presidio | Chicago Reader

The Presidio

The 1,400-acre military compound located at the base of Golden Gate Bridge is the partial setting for this mystery thriller, in which the army and the San Francisco police join forces to investigate a murder. Sean Connery is the military detective, and Mark Harmon plays his police partner; the strained relationship between the two is exacerbated when Harmon starts an affair with Connery's daughter (Meg Ryan). At first, this promises to be a somewhat-better-than-average formula thriller; but the director, alas, is Peter Hyams (Outland, 2010)—better equipped as a cinematographer here than as a tight storytelling craftsman—and Larry Ferguson's script rarely moves beyond the shopworn. It's a pity that an actor as talented and as likable as Connery seems routinely called upon to perform those mechanical mugging gymnastics that are widely applauded as “Oscar” performances; Jack Warden is enlisted here to pluck a few extra heartstrings. The San Francisco locations are serviceable.


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