Forgotten Action Cinema: Split Second


On the surface, director Tony Maylam’s seriously misunderstood 1992 sci-fi actioner “Split Second” appears to be an impossibly uninspired “Alien” knock-off that borrows heavily from Stephen Hopkins’ silly sequel to John McTiernan’s immortal classic “Predator”. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll discover one surprisingly rewarding monster flick that never once takes itself too seriously, choosing instead to power its familiar premise with a bevy of dry humor and sly sight gags. Cult favorite Rutger Hauer spreads his patented brand of cinematic cheese around with an unprecedented thickness; there’s nary a moment when he’s not smoking cigars, drinking coffee, running stylishly through large puddles of water, or doing something to distract you from the fact that you’ve seen this type of picture a thousand times before. Sadly, “Split Second” fizzles out during what should have been a deeply satisfying climatic showdown between our hero and the film’s uber-mysterious creature, fumbling the required resolution in order to hint at a sequel that will never come. Regardless, this is still an enjoyable production from start to finish, even if you spend the majority of those 90 minutes picking through the plotline with a fine-tooth comb. Just ignore “Sex and the City” weirdo Kim Cattrall’s utter worthlessness and all will be hunky dory.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Dedpool

    “NEED BIGGER GUNS!!” Love this movie! Yeah it was campy and a b-movie, but t had Rutger Hauer as a badass cop hunting an alien. Loved it!.

  • Shazam!

    The cover of this movie will always remind me of trips to the “video store” in the 80’s – at the very hight of alien/monster movies (Critters, Predator, etc.). Good times!

    • Todd

      Films like “Split Second” and “Nemesis” are synonymous with my “video store” experiences from the 80’s/early 90’s. I own this flick on VHS for that very reason, although I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing a copy on Blu-ray.

      • Dedpool

        Indeed! Man I had some good times picking movies on how bad/good the cover was.

  • Juggernaut

    This is an awsome movie! One of my wife’s favorites!

    • Dedpool

      Your wife has good taste, and so do you for amrrying her lol

      Sent on the go.