Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about ... See full summary »
An ex-enforcer for a local crime syndicate has vowed to enact retribution on his mob bosses after 19 years of wrongful imprisonment. The only thing diverting his violent plans is a new found relationship to his beloved son.
The main character in this movie is a policeman who recently lost his partner. For a long time they worked together and were friends. On the last task the detective's throat was cut by the criminal, who left unpunished. The hero wants to fill this gap and get revenge on the killer. First he needs to find out who the gangster is, which is soon being done. The man is helped by the beloved woman of the deceased partner. Together they get down to business with enthusiasm.Written by
Is it a comedy or a drama? Is it a satire or is it simply farcical?
From the outset, it's hard to tell. It's also badly directed. De Palma uses his scoring style from the 70's, which in turn was like a homage to Hitchcock, but it worked then. The music feels very out of place immediately and its jarring.
He has made some great films, no question. But it's been over 20 years since he's made a decent one. Or even one that wasn't terrible. Mission to Mars, for example, is absolutely woeful. And Domino isn't far off.
He takes some great actors, four significant ones, and makes them look like amateur theatre performers. I'm embarrassed for them.
A split screen sequence in the middle is quite dramatic but it's not as horrifying as it should be. The scriptwriter must take much of the blame too. The emotional portions feel like they're not written by an adult.
There are potential ideas here; you have topical and political notions but they're badly executed. Excuse the pun.
A basic fight scene is amateurish. Lazy directing. Was De Palma sick that day? Is this a TV movie? It's all over the place.
De Palma has tarnished his own reputation. Most directors falter in old age. But most will still strike upon a decent film every now and then. De Palma should retire. This is a bad movie, following a string of bad movies.
He really did make some great pictures back in the 70's and early 80's. And yet, despite the recent documentary about him in which he mostly sung his own praises, he is not of the calibre of some of his contemporaries such as Francis Ford Coppola, Marty Scorsese and others.
If you haven't seen his earlier work, check out Body Double, Carrie or Blow Out. Alas Brian, we knew him well. Before he lost his touch.
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