Expectations for Renny Harlin
movies are pretty low these days, in that most people don’t even expect them to exist. Even with that caveat, the director’s latest effort still manages to underwhelm. “The Misfits
” isn’t just a low-rent slog peppered with racism in lieu of any other flavoring; it’s karmic retribution for all the well-intentioned critics (this one included) who’ve pushed back against the Marvelization of cinema by reflexively championing every lo-fi caper or self-contained shoot-’em-up as “a fun ’90s throwback.” We’re very sorry. For the crime of giving a pass to “Those Who Wish Me Dead
” because it dared to exhume the simple pleasures of Harlin’s “Cliffhanger
,” we’ve been punished with some hot garbage .
Not that we shouldn’t have seen this coming. There’s a fine line between vintage and overripe, and Harlin — who made a name for himself