Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Writer: Brad Kaaya
Producers: Daniel Fried, Eric Gitter, Anthony Rhulen
Mekhi Phifer as Odin James, Josh Hartnett as Hugo Goulding, Julia Stiles as Desi Brable
I did have a few reservations about the movie though. First of all, what was with all of the gangsta hip-hop music used in pretty much every other scene transition? It was cute at first, but became a little too obvious and annoying after a few times. The film was also edited pretty choppily…like some scenes were cut out and no one “cleaned it up” afterwards. I also didn’t like the fact that Hartnett’s character, the man behind much of the nastiness that goes down in this film, was infallible. In other words, pretty much everything he says or asks of someone, happens automatically and without any goofups. I mean, I know the guy is smart and all, but I would have appreciated a little more “realism” under some of the circumstances. But overall, the movie will devastate you. It’s not a “fun date movie”. It’s not a movie about the high school basketball team and how its black star falls for the white girl from the other side of the tracks. It’s about jealousy, love, envy, fury, passion, revenge and pretty much any other negative thought that’s ever passed through your head. Is it worth seeing? Oh, most definitely! (pun intended) It’s a moving picture with great performances, no Shakespearian speak (thank you, God!) and an outstanding directorial job by Nelson. The final scene alone is enough to send a massive chill down your spine, and I was especially impressed with the director’s choice of music near the end. In fact, the whole sequence was quite reminiscent of the final showdown scene from TAXI DRIVER, and I guess that’s saying something right there.