This movie is basically a modern day re-working of the "Farewell My Lovely," by Raymond Chandler. There have, of course, been several previous film dramatisations, the best two of which starred Robert Mitchum and Dick Powell. Here, it is Antonio Banderas playing a Chicano reincarnation of "Philip Marlowe" with a nice turn by Sam Elliott as a demented, mega-rich villain and seven foot tall former wrestler, Robert Maillet, playing a Russian version of "Moose Malloy." Add on some good supporting play from Delroy Lindo, Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichtner and James Van Der Beek and you have the makings of a pretty good film noir. The first half of this film is just that as it more or less follows the original storyline but everything begins to go south when Banderas leaves L.A. and heads east to New Mexico. Here the plot strays into entirely new territory and, unintentionally, demonstrates why, decades from now, few filmgoers will be able to recall screenwriter Erik Jendresen but Chandler's stories will still be entertaining readers and film buffs.