1) Don’t do drugs! 2) Mickey Rourke is still the coolest living actor around. 3) Eric Roberts is alive, well and still making movies.
I find it incredibly hard to sympathize with drug-addicted thieves and whores (I’m skipping Thanksgiving this year) and that’s usually why I’m not captivated by movies like this. That’s not to say that every drug-themed film leaves me cold. TRAINSPOTTING, for example, had enough substance, storyline and well-defined characters to keep me involved; in fact, I loved it. Having said that, I can’t say that I totally disliked this movie either. Peter Stormare and Alexis Arquette are hilarious as two “TV” cops out to bust these junkies. John Leguizamo is equally brilliant as a paranoid fuck-up drug-dealer. Akerlund also spins enough style and camera trickery to keep you awake and amazed. He basically shows off, but does a great job at it! In the end though, it’s just a mish-mash of broken dreams, broken hearts and broken minds. It’s also a bummer, depressing and shows speed freaks in their true light. Basically, it offers a great message but in a very average movie.
The cast is essentially made up primarily of “what-ever-happened-to” actors and actresses. Mena “I haven’t done anything worthwhile since AMERICAN BEAUTY” Suvari actually impressed me with her sweet and sad performance. Patrick “I was the unknown kid from ALMOST FAMOUS” Fugit also has a part as a loser junkie kid. Eric Roberts plays a homosexual in a low-budget movie again, Brittany Murphy plays a skanky whore again and ex-Blondie singer Deborah Harry has an embarrassingly small part in a movie again. All kidding aside, all the players did a fine job portraying drug-addicted speed fiends. But again, all this doesn’t really add up to much if I don’t feel any different than I did at the beginning of the film. I got the feeling that the director was never really sure what he wanted to say with his movie. I’m sorry but “Don’t Do Drugs” is not enough nowadays. Not for me anyway. Did I mention that Mickey Rourke rules?