i saw this film on e4 a few years ago: it was early morning and I was doing a nightshift with an older woman who had kids. The experience didn't shock her, nor me, and served only to grip us both.
What else can be said about this film?
It's a product of a man who came from a photography background, it can be expected that he'd have a tendency to let his camera linger over beautifully broken subjects.
The 'homoeroticism' within this film seemed to only serve as a device to show the perversion of the character, because while homosexuality is not perverse, the characters reaction showed just how he felt about the action being viewed. The scene in which the two leads are in the gay dance club shows just how the Bobby forces a life onto Marty: how his overall power over Marty not only pushes him into the scene, but to dance and perform phone-sex with older men. While it isn't mentioned again, we see that it is Bobby that does the bargaining.
I didn't believe this was unrealistic as a murder story, granted it could've been more subtle, but then it wouldn't have gripped me so.
I loved this film for it's graphic nature, for everything it oozed. there seems to be a worrying trend of dislike towards films that are overt in these types of graphic nature, whether it be sex or drugs: I can't see why this has to be so, for me you can over do it, push the boundaries of what's deemed tasteful and not lose any of the artfulness.
The performances in this were excellent, some of the action or actions may've seemed too obvious and laid on thick, but when this is up against more subtle pieces of action it becomes clear that it was purposeful for a quick glance of a characters persona.
That said, all performances were dull in comparison to Michael Pitt and Brad Renfro. Both actors just oozed an excellent performance..
Watch it, alone preferably.
You might feel a little embarrassed if you're with friends.