Random Encounter (1998)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - Canada , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Robert Firsching

Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls) toplines this efficient but workmanlike cable thriller from the director of Midnight in St. Petersburg. Berkley is convincing enough as the terrified exec, although those expecting to see her in sexpot form may be disappointed with the overall tameness of the film (no nudity or onscreen sex save for Berkley licking Wyner's nipple). This is instead an efficient, mature thriller, competently directed by Doug Jackson and well shot by cinematographer Georges Archambault. If there is a major shortcoming (no pun intended), it's Wyner's portrayal of the villain. Diminutive, scrawny, and resembling a yuppified Ben Stiller, Wyner's character is supremely unthreatening, and one wishes that Berkley would just pull out some of the kickboxing moves she demonstrated in Showgirls and take him down. If one can look past Wyner, however, Random Encounter is a reasonably entertaining timekiller.