This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ya ever cry at an animation cell?
Extremely high 3.5
I will probably like this a lot more with time, but I already like it a lot.
This film brought me back to east end Toronto in the worst way, it’s amazing. Every dirtbag, every little shitty decision, a spattering of impulses and zero awareness.
When I was a kid my high school partners friends would go on about the guys they’re trying to shake who’s lives are a never ending series of mistakes. I feel like I’ve lived on the fringes of this film, it’s bizarre.
The accessible Mann. Perhaps less focused on the trappings of a Mann piece, it’s still a fun and stressful exploration of character through the frame of violence and craftsmen.
The whole shot on DV look is an amazing choice for a noir tale in LA.
Soundtrack is lacking a lot of the oomph that the more cult hit Mann works have, and overall the film is less focused which is surprising for such a tight premise. Nevertheless highly recommended.
A classical epic for modern times, an American battle of factions and battle of the interpersonal.
Michael Mann explores his fascination with dysfunctional people breaking under the weight of their fascination and dedication to their skills, by expanding this character type into a roster. You see multiple iterations of the strokes Mann is obsessed with, clashing and melding with themselves.
The tensions of command and the contrast of hierarchy of relationship power dynamics AND social power dynamics ? Jesus y’all.
This is essential western film canon.
Shout Factory 2 Disc Disc 2 Director’s Cut. Which crime show hasn’t been influenced by this holy shit. This film feels like it’s caught between two ideals. Is it a film about the chase or is it a film about facing ones dark impulses. The differences in cuts definitely showcase what it was meant to convey vs what is mass marketable.
The contrast between ones skills and fascinations, and the impulses that dictate those skills.
This film has some of the best 80s haircuts and soundtracks. As always Mann is fascinated with hilighting the dedication of the working class man of America.
One of the most playful 90s action films. Take the big concept, run with it. First take best take. Magical guns and mystical science.
Nic Cage has to hold most of the film in that he’s one of the greatest actors in the world, against one of Hollywood’s worst most stilted frontmen.
I’ve watched this film countless times and I’ve come to love it more and more especially as I learn more about Hong Kong action.
It’s a bit long…
Michael Mann truly does love making films about people and the technicality of their labor. A film about the lies in the backbone of American society, and the damage done by believing them.
This film echos through all of modern action filmmaking, but it’s not an action film or a thriller. Michael Mann makes character dramas with thriller dressing, but nevertheless every aspect every detail is considered.
A great down to earth working class noir, as it fucking should be.