The only acting coup worth mentioning is Dorff’s performance, which is electric enough to keep you awake, but nothing more. Christopher Plummer overacts himself into a corner and Juliette Lewis keeps amazing me with her streak of small and embarrassing movie roles post-CAPE FEAR. I also lost a lot of respect for director Figgis, known for his experimental and indie films. Dude, if you’re going to sell out, at least make a good movie and not this horsesh*t! Straight up, this movie has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It’s dull, slowly paced, humorless and predictable. It’s rotten to the core and gets one star only for Canned Heat’s kickass song “On the Road Again” that plays in a silly bar scene halfway through the movie. Shame on me for agreeing to review this trash!
Rules of the Genre (approx. ~ 7 min.): This is hilarious! Writer, director and actors preach about all the rules one must follow to make a good thriller. Jeez, they actually know these rules? Could’ve fooled me! Anyway, this is interesting as far as finding out all the different areas one must focus on to make a great thriller but goddamnit, they really dropped the ball when making this film. It’s very ironic that they’re the ones telling us what it takes...
Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending: There are 7 deleted scenes in all, as well as an alternate ending. The director’s commentary on all of these is optional. There isn’t anything extraordinary from the deleted scenes although the “Double Down” scene is worth checking out as it features Quaid and Dorff in a heated battle during a few games of pool. The alternate ending is pretty good too, although it doesn’t actually change the outcome of the story; it’s just a sequence that would have followed the climax of the film. There is a bit of “cheese” in the final moments of this scene, keep your eyes peeled.
Audio Commentary with Mike Figgis: Figgis breaks down his film extremely well. He isn’t the most exuberant speaker, but the commentary is nevertheless very interesting.