Excerpt: After 1993's The Fugitive became a huge blockbuster and multiple Academy Award nominee, a sequel was a no-brainer. The question was, how to sequelize it? Have Dr. Richard Kimball be framed and on the run a second time? No, wiser heads prevailed, and instead the film was built around Tommy Lee Jones's Oscar-winning role as the never-gives-up U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard.
Conclusion: While not as good as The Fugitive , this movie is still fun and has some great action in it as well as another great turn by Tommy Lee Jones as the unrelenting Marshal Sam Gerard. It’s also great to see Robert Downey Jr. and Wesley Snipes in supporting roles and their interaction with Jones. Stuart Baird does a decent job directing the movie but the script could have been better.
Conclusion: 'The Fugitive' seems to not only be a top favorite of mine, but of many movie lovers. For the longest time I naively believed that those same fans enjoyed 'U.S. Marshals,' but I was shocked to recently learn that some - including my own younger brother - have never seen the spin-off/sequel/follow-up, which is exactly why I made my brother join me for the screening of this Blu-ray. If you love 'The Fugitive' but haven't seen 'U.S.
Conclusion: U.S. Marshals isn't a classic, as The Fugitive is and probably will remain. But it's well-made, entertaining and features a great performance by Tommy Lee Jones and equally good supporting work from almost everyone else. (The exception is Downey, whose talents weren't well-suited to the role of a button-down government functionary. He later said in an interview that he hated working on the film.