Review Date: October 24, 1999
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Paul Schrader
Producers: Barbara DeFina, Scott Rudin
The story itself is not necessarily overpowering, in fact, it basically just moves along its path, predictably strolling down certain emotional avenues, until its final resting spot at the conclusion, which we all foresee early on. Repetitive it is as well, with the basic story essentially featuring Cage et buddy flying from one crisis scene to the next. Thankfully for us, director Martin Scorsese looked waaaay down into his visual bag o' tricks and came up with many new and unique camera games with which to amuse us during the film's two hour runtime. A runtime which basically outlasts its visit by about 20 minutes or so. You can actually feel the last half hour go by, as opposed to the general rapid pace of the first hour and a half. For Martin Scorsese fans, this one should be seen if only for its excellent stylish demonstrations. Cage fans should also check it out as he basically reverts back to his pre-action star days, a la LEAVING LAS VEGAS (9/10), when he actually did some interesting work as an actor. But for everyone else, I can't say that this will be a film that will draw you in with its meaningful story or original undertones. If you enjoy new ways of shooting film or creating motion across a movie arc, then you might also want to see this flick, but overall, I wouldn't recommend it to your "basic movie-going audience". Scorsese and style fans only! Now don't make me take off my glasses!!