Film review: Fair Game

Published: Thursday, Nov. 9 1995 12:00 a.m. MST

If you like car chases, shootouts and loads of fireballs . . . oh, yes, and Cindy Crawford running around in a halter top . . . "Fair Game" is for you.

But if little things like story development and logic are important, look elsewhere.

One of the most ridiculous action-thrillers of the year, "Fair Game" is an uneasy hybrid of "Die Hard," "The Net" and even "The Hunt for Red October."

Mostly, however, it is meant to showcase the talents of super-model Cindy Crawford in her first movie. Which is odd since she spends most of the movie running away, screaming and being saved by William Baldwin.

On the other hand, maybe first-time feature director Andrew Sipes (who has a script called "Babe Buster" floating around somewhere in Hollywood) and first-time screenwriter Charlie Fletcher knew that Crawford's best asset would not be her ability to interpret dialogue.

For example, at one point she doffs her top so she can change into a T-shirt and later she has a nude sex scene with Baldwin — and even those moments are interrupted by bad guys who shoot at them.

Crawford's character is also very clean. When she is taken to a safe house, the first thing she does is jump in the shower. Then, a couple of hours later, she is taken to a hotel — and she jumps in the shower again!

The plot, such as it is, has to do with former KGB terrorists who are stealing funds from international banks via a complicated computer setup in a freighter off the coast of Florida.

Crawford is a Miami attorney, and one of the assets in a divorce case is the ship being used by the terrorists. She doesn't know about this, of course, but the terrorists decide to kill her anyway.

First they shoot at her while she's jogging downtown, then they blow up her fancy bayside house (and her cat).

Baldwin is the Miami cop assigned to the case, and he's soon on the run with her, as their every step is dogged by the high-tech terrorists. These bad guys can do things with computers that would elude a wizard, but it helps that Baldwin is so dumb that he repeatedly uses Crawford's credit cards to help leave a trail.

All of this is beside the point, however. The point is that director Sipes had a big budget for blowing things up and he took full advantage of it with more fireballs than than all three "Die Hard" movies.

As for Crawford — how is she as an actress?

Let's just say that if "Fair Game" is her audition reel for a "Baywatch" gig, she'd better hold on to that contract for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover.

"Fair Game" is rated R for considerable violence and mayhem, with a sex scene, some nudity and quite a bit of profanity.