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Angel Heart & Johnny Handsome [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]
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Set in Harlem and New Orleans in 1955, this supernatural thriller stirred a brief controversy in the US when released in 1987 because some scenes featuring Lisa Bonet (then a popular cast member of The Cosby Show) were considered too sexually explicit to be rated R. The plot follows the fortunes of a sullen detective (Mickey Rourke) who is hired to find a missing person by a shady client with pointy fingernails named Louis Cyphre (Lucifer, get it?), played with subtle menace by Robert De Niro. Rourke's investigation leads him into an underworld of voodoo and forbidden desires, and as the mystery unfolds director Alan Parker fills every scene with conspicuous style and atmospheric excess, compelling critic Pauline Kael to observe that "Parker simply doesn't have the gift of making evil seductive, and he edits like a flasher". And yet, this movie does casts a spell of its own (Roger Ebert's review was considerably more charitable), and the performances of Rourke, De Niro, Bonet and Charlotte Rampling are well suited to the ominous mood. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
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The story follows Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke), a private investigator, who is hired to follow the instructions of his new client Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro). Louis wants Harry to find out about a man called "Johnny Favorite", and so Harry sets off on a lengthy and detailed investigation journey to fulfil his clients wishes, and along the way makes some startling discoveries.
It's impossible to tell the plot in detail without ruining the impact of the film, so I won't go further, but I will say the story has a very unique and powerful twist (with a satanic tone to much of it) which won't be forgotten easily.
De Niro has a supporting role here, his presence does not consume lots of screen time but he is effective at portraying the character Louis who is both somewhat odd and slightly sinister. Mickey Rourke does a good job as the PI Harry, with his relaxed acting style he suits the part well. We also get some good supporting cast performances from Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling.
What stood out to me aside from good solid direction from Alan Parker (who is not a prolific director but has some good films under his belt) is the quite excellent cinematography by Michael Seresin who captures the dark moody atmosphere almost perfectly, with some great attention to small details/lighting (the well known fan at the DVD start one example) small touches that add up to quite a lot of impact. Good use of sound helps lift the production even more.
This isn't a quick moving film, though about right in length. The story is good though and if you've not seen it before will be quite a revelation to many viewers. Even after repeated viewings the film holds up well. Probably not for everyone out there, but if you are looking for something a bit darker, with a strong but slower developing story and a nice horror element to it, this is certainly worthy of attention.
The film wasn't a commercial success, but like many good films it has over time developed something of a cult following by fans. It isn't your average run of the mill you see it a mile off story line production, and it's quite unique in many ways.
Gone are the commentary, features and interviews. These were all readily availble on the Special Edition DVD.
What is it with Optinum and not adding extras ?? Are we going to see a double-dip on their titles ?
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