Free Great Movies Review
F/X was a modest commercial and critical success in 1986 and its premise is promising. Australian actor Bryan Brown plays special effects wizard Rollie Tyler who uses his movie magic skills to stage a murder. But he's been double crossed by the mafia and the Justice Department and has to go on the run. As detectives and other government operatives get involved, including Brian Dennehy, the movie strays from special effects and piles on too much plot. It's also set in New York when it probably should be set in LA, and it doesn't look as slick as it ought to. It's average entertainment that should be more fun. The film is improved upon in its superior sequel F/X 2 (1991).
F/X is a 1986 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Robert Mandel, written by Gregory Fleeman and Robert T. Megginson, and starring Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora and Cliff De Young. The film follows an expert (Brown) in the art of special effects (F/X) with a reputation built by his work on many low-budget hack-and-slash films such as I Dismember Mama. The Department of Justice hires him to stage the murder of a gangster about to enter the Witness Protection Program. He agrees, but then things get complicated. Meanwhile, a New York City police detective (Dennehy) is investigating the faked murder and cannot understand why the Justice Department is even less helpful than usual.
A sequel, F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion, was released in 1991. A spinoff TV series entitled F/X: The Series was produced from 1996 to 1998.
(Summary from Wikipedia)