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on 16 November 2009
Made by a maverick director it's still hard to believe this was produced in 2001. It looks and feels like a product of the seventies. This is not a criticism its just not a contemporary film at all. The film is bursting with colour, wonderful mise en scene, cool characters and philosophical dialogue. Its very arty which is what i loved about it. If you are hoping for a conventional crime or gangster film it will disappoint. The action scenes are staged like you are watching in the theatre which goes back to my first point about the film not feeling contemporary. The story is basic. A group of professional killers try and bump each other off to become number one killer. The story focuses on the very beautiful 'Stray Cat'. There's little narrative development but it doesnt matter too much because there is so much to look at. It is simply stunning visually in terms of colour schemes, costumes and settings. Great music too. Its a unique film but it isn't for everyone.