I like Stephen Dorff, thought he was the man as far back as JUDGEMENT NIGHT and was then convinced he was man once I saw S.F.W. He fell off the radar for a bit and then came back strong as Deacon Frost in BLADE (still waiting on that spinoff yo!) and then again in DEUCES WILD. I actually met the guy at a club in Toronto about five years back and the dude was super cool, he took a picture with me and did a round of Jagerbombs with me, my girlfriend and all our friends. Heís the soul of this film and plays a partied out actor in a way Iíve never seen before. The first ten to fifteen minutes have no real dialogue save for the music being played by twin strippers dancing on poles at the foot of his Dorffís bed (portable stripper poles delivered straight to your bedroom, now thatís partying like a rock star baby).
To be honest, there really isnít much dialogue from Johnny Marko at all, he spends most of his alone time boozing, getting wrecked on pills or simply spacing out and looking utterly alone. This is a very depressing look into the potential life of Hollywood actors and actresses and comes off as one of the most real portrayals of bittersweet numbness Iíve ever seen. The only thing saving Johnnyís tormented soul is his eleven year old daughter Cleo (played wondrously by Elle Fanning) and though they donít get the amount of alone time I wanted to see, their chemistry is flawless and so very sincere. Watching Johnny slip out of his trance to watch Cleo ice skating was a truly beautiful scene and certainly made me believe in him as a father.
SOMEWHERE tries to take us on a journey to well, somewhere but unfortunately never gets there. The film has a terrible pace and many scenes seem to just drag on forever. Johnnyís downward spiral seems averted when he allows himself to get close to his daughter but then it all comes into question when the film ends the way it does. Clearly this ending can be taken differently and interpreted in numerous ways but I guess I felt like there should have been more, like what I got wasnít really a resolution. This sort of witty insight either works or it doesnít (which totally depends on the viewer) and for me it just didnít.
Previews: There are a total of eight trailers to choose from, none of which are for the feature film.
Extra Tidbit: I even forgive Dorff for being in a Britney Spears video. After all she was smoking hot back then. I sure hope he hit that.