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Derivative, unoriginal, strangely likeable
on 22 November 2012
One of a host of Tarantino-inspired mid-1990s slick, violent crime thrillers Things to Do in Denver... really should be terrible. But, despite some overdone dialogue (there are several forced attempts to coin odd phrases) and the clumsy device of customers from Jimmy's 'afterlife' video messages business providing commentary, it's got a good, surprisingly sweet heart.
Some careful direction and fine acting really gets across the sense of friendship among the luckless hoods. Andy Garcia is very good as the more-or-less reformed nice guy but everyone else chips in with worthy performances from a decent ensemble cast - including Fairuza Balk as a spiky hooker, Christopher Lloyd as a porn projectionist with a mystery disease, Treat Williams as a headcase old friend, Christopher Walken as a wheelchair-bound local crime boss and Steve Buscemi as a near-silent assassin.
It's not a classic awaiting discovery but it is a couple of hours of good, solid entertainment.