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Disturbing, violent and brilliant,
This review is from: Angel Heart - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
Without doubt, one of the best films ever made. But be warned, it does not make easy viewing. The themes are disturbing, and it contains much violence, though more in a psychological sense.
The acting is superb. Micky Rourke at his best, and a sad reminder of what a waste of talent he later became. De Niro plays his 'cameo' with great aplomb, almost, but not quite, matching his 'cameo' in The Untouchables.
The cinematography is first class - moody, dark and depressing; empahsising the disturbing subject matter. The flash back scenes are particularly atmospheric and disjointed - to good effect. The symbolism and imagery is also first rate - it's worth listening to Alan Parker's commentary on this, although for some this might spoil their enjoyment, especially if you like reading your own interpretations into things.
The twist at the end is superb, although I suspect many will see it coming a long time before it actually happens. Obviously, I won't give it away!
Overall, quite simply brilliant, and even better now it's been released in this two disk special edition! If you haven't seen this film, now is the time!