REVIEW BY JEREMIAH
Split Second is categorized in the action, crime and horror genres. I guess technically that's right, but outside surface nods to them, Gary Scott Thompson's screenplay really makes this something more of an exercise in absurdity, only framed with the trappings of the aforementioned genre labels.
Personally, I love it.
It's filled with ridiculous moments (Rutger Hauer laying in fresh blood, talking to a dog--in all earnestness, as he attempts to CSI his way through the crime scene) and insane dialogue (again, talking to a dog). He's a tough guy, a boundary pusher, and a coffee addict. He goes to a bar that has a two-drink minimum, so orders two coffees—both with extra sugar. Chocolate candy is the only thing to effectively pacify him (likely because he's a diabetic). And he's also telepathic (probably just a side effect of the diabetes). The entire film takes place in a hypothetical climate-change-ravaged London that looks like what Miami will in five years.
Oh, and there's an actual demon monster in this. I'm serious, no joke. A demon is the actual villain of this otherwise grounded (for it's premise) super-fun, buddy-cop flick. Oh, and the demon dispatches with prejudice using a shotgun.
Honestly the only thing possibly more absurd than the events in Split Second, are the events outside of it. Check the wiki when you have time, as the film has quite the tumultuous production history. And apparently, Japan received a cut of the film with two extra scenes in it (VHS only), but they exist somewhere on the Blu-ray disc as special features, just in case the nonsense contained in the more commonly distributed cut wasn't enough to fry your brain.