After A US senator is killed, A Bomb Disposal Expert is brought in to investigate the deadly explosive and must uncover the terrorists plan.

Director:

Christian Duguay

Writer:

Bart Baker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Danny O'Neill
Ron Silver ... Frank Traveres
Ben Cross ... Mikhail Rashid
Lisa Eilbacher ... Terry O'Neill
Tony Plana ... Al-red
Al Waxman ... James Garvey
Brent Jennings ... Shane Rogers
Philip Baker Hall ... Senator Thyme
Michael St. Gerard ... Ben
Clement von Franckenstein ... Dr. Bernard
Ivan E. Roth ... Process Server
Selma Archerd ... Judge Blair
Rick Cicetti Rick Cicetti ... Bailiff
Norman Burton ... Senator Victor
Scott Burkholder ... Thyme's Aide
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Storyline

Danny O'Neill is a bomb disposal expert assigned to a case where terrorists have developed an "invisible" liquid explosive which is activated within the human body. The targets of the terrorists are U.S. Senators, one of which is having an affair with Danny's wife. Written by Rob Hartill

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A weapon more explosive than nitro... more deadly than napalm... and only one man can stop it. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sensuality and for language | See all certifications »

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Premiered on UPN TV network in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

After Danny puts Al-Red (who is going through the effects of drinking the explosive water) into the wheelchair, he pushes him into one of the stands where he explodes shortly after. If you pay close attention to the shadows on the stands and the background buildings, you can tell that the shots were obviously filmed at different times of the day, but spliced together. See more »

Quotes

[about the second liquid bomb in the limo]
Frank: Mr. O' Neal, what do ya have for me?
Danny: For you? I don't have shit. Now get away from me. I don't want any terrorist mistaking us for friends.
Frank: Look, I know you guys like conspiracy theories, but it is possible he acted alone.
Danny: Unlikely. Especially if he's not talking. That means he's scared.
Frank: So what are you thinking?
Danny: I'm thinking I gotta take a piss. You wanna help me?
[frank nods]
Danny: No? That's good.
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Alternate Versions

R-rated version has a less explicit love scene (it runs ca. 1 minute shorter). See more »

Connections

Followed by Live Wire 2: Human Timebomb (1995) See more »

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Who blew up a senator without leaving a trace? Can the emotionally damaged hero identify the killers and their secret before someone else dies?
17 October 2005 | by randallcameronSee all my reviews

Another film with several good elements that manages to fail, chiefly because of weaknesses in the story.

Good cast in Pierce Brosnan and Ben Cross -- they must have needed the money to take the job.

A key "science fiction" element is not really believable, but this is a Hollywood thriller, so if you accept it, you could enjoy the story.

There are many good one-liners, and the interactions between the protagonists and various minor characters are believable and entertaining. The pace is reasonable, and some degree of suspense is maintained, with some stock "thriller" elements.

Brosnan's character and his personal problems are well developed and make him sympathetic, and he plays his part well.

The film is also mercifully short.

BUT -- two major holes in the story killed it for me: 1. A political background (the reason the story is happening) is mentioned, but not really explained in terms of motives. Two minutes dialog could have filled in the holes and added a lot in terms of believability.

2. The villain's character is not developed at all. What motivates him (other than money?) Ben Cross does what he can with a lousy script (not much). And his name, Mikhail Rashid (I think never actually mentioned in the film - a Tatar father and Russian mother) seems intended to exploit negative racist stereotypes (Russian = corrupt mafiosi; Arabic name = terrorist). He seems like a cartoon, Bond-esquire villain without the glitz. With Ben Cross, they could have written a complex, nuanced, even sympathetic villain, and this would have improved the story immensely.

I gave this 5 out of 10 -- not painfully repulsive, but there are better ways to spend your time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Live Wire See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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New Line Cinema See more »
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Dolby Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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