Review Date: September 05, 2000
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie
Producers: Kenneth Kokin
Benicio Del Toro
Overall, I would say that I was disappointed with the film. I suppose that my expectations were a bit too high and few of them were met. Sure, Benicio Del Toro was good as usual, the score appropriately dour, reminiscent of the Leone flicks with that extra Tex-Mex feel, and the shoot out scenes really loud (and I mean LOUD!) and bloody (Peckinpah anyone?). But with so much downtime and overwrought dialogue, a lot of which just felt "written", I just didn't like enough things in the movie. It's also the kind of film that seems to want you to see it a couple of more times in order to fully absorb its convoluted plotline. What a shame. A great trailer, some really cool actors, including Diggs and Caan who both come off very well, but ultimately way too many stupid side characters, like the dweeby doctor and the completely one-dimensional bitchy wife, and the film erodes under its own over-ambition. And even though blood never really bothers me, though it might bother some people after this movie, I was particularly taken aback by one bloody "operation" scene near the end of the film that just grossed me out completely. A little "overdone", I thought.
All in all, I suppose I was not "taken" by as much of this film as I had hoped but certainly wouldn't qualify it as a bad picture. Others may enjoy it for their own reasons, and I will admit that it does contain many positive elements, including a memorable score, solid directing and some great shoot-out scenes. Check it out and let me know what you think.