American Fable is ambitious, maybe too much so sometimes, but there's an intense pleasure in the boldness of the film's style.
"Striking Distance" is an exhausted reassembly of bits and pieces from all the other movies that are more or less exactly like this one. The credits say "written by Rowdy Herrington and Martin Kaplan," but the right word would have been "anthologized." How does it recycle its betters? Let us count the ways: 1. It is about an outspoken Pittsburgh cop (Bruce Willis), who gets in trouble by testifying against his partner in a police brutality case.
2. A serial killer is at work in the city.
3. The cop and his dad, also a cop, are on their way to the policemen's ball when they get involved in a chase to capture the serial killer suspect, and the dad is killed.
4. "The killer must be a cop," Willis says on TV, because of the way the guy drives and thinks.