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A fine film about alienation.,
This review is from: Taxi Driver [DVD]   (DVD)Travis Bickle (De Niro) is an ex-Marine with a problem, he cannot sleep. So, he gets a job driving a taxi in the New York night. He is a man without fear so he will go anywhere anytime and of course, this means that he always sees the worst of the city.
Travis is almost totally lacking in social skills and this leads to a disastrous date with Betsy (Shepherd) and an ever increasing sense of alienation from and disgust with the world around him.
A chance encounter with Iris (Foster) a child prostitute, increases Travis' sense that he must do something about the city. He wavers between taking action against the man in control of Betsy, politician Charles Palantine for whom Betsy is a campaign worker and the man in control of Iris, Sport (Keitel) her pimp.
A close brush with secret service men who spot him in a crowd makes his decision and Travis decides to free Iris in a bloody shootout.
It's not a bad plot but the movie is really about the alienation of one man from the city around him. In this, De Niro is totally convincing he is in the city but not of the city. He has a hard job too. A social misfit cannot be given a sharp snappy script. Instead, such a person will at times be an embarrassment to those around him and De Niro portrays this perfectly.
This definitely a "must see" film. It is well paced and keeps the audience's attention throughout. The settings and the atmosphere of the dark side of the city are convincing. My only reservation is the ending. I cannot see how Travis' action would have been viewed in the way that the film showed.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2008 09:12:02 BDT
All in Good Taste says:
In regard to your final sentence and if I understand your question correctly the answer is simple. The three people he killed were criminals, i.e. the pimp, the gangster collecting the pimp's money and the pimp's "hotel manager". It is quite believable that a jury would not convict him and that the media would praise the "hero" who saved the life of a young girl. I think the previous scene where he is about to assasinate the senator (who we have been shown no reason to loathe and who actually understood Bickle's character to a degree) is trying to show the line between what will be perceived as a hero or a villain can be very thin.
Posted on 4 Aug 2009 13:15:39 BDT
Mr. Jb Gartland says:
SPOILERS: I agree, I found the ending rather strange. The guy is a psycho and yet at the end he appears to have resumed leading his former destructive life. If there was a strong suspicion that Travis was still dangerous, that would have been an appealing and hard-hitting finale. As it is I can't understand the logic of the ending. Surely death or institutional help would have been Travis' only way out...Good review, though it does contain a few too many spoilers.
Posted on 25 Oct 2009 08:57:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Oct 2009 08:59:38 GMT
The end is fantastic. If only there were more people like Travis around, then the scum would get what's coming to them.....
Nothing was disappointing about this movie! It deserve's far more credit than knit-picking for the perfect movie!
Posted on 30 Oct 2012 19:02:10 GMT
Spoilers: another interpretation is that the ending is the last thoughts of a dying man, ie his fantasy of how he'd like to be remembered. The film is about what goes on in Travis' mind and his mind has become so thoroughly divorced from reality that by the end he really thinks he'll be accepted as some kind of hero. So your observation about the ending is correct. You just have to see if from Travis' point of view (which is what the film's about)
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