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High Life [DVD]
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Brilliantly cast, beautifully shot and surgically edited, "High Life" shows what other great heist movies aspire to but sometimes fail to reach. Timothy Olyphant has the part of "Dick," reluctant leader of a hapless group of junkie bank robbers. It all starts when his former cell mate is released from jail and discovers a changed world. It's 1983, after all; banks have changed, dope has changed, music has changed ("It's all happy powder and Duran Duran," says Dick) and automated teller machines dispense cash on every street corner, 24 hours a day.
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Deperate for cash, the junkies dream up a plan to raid the new technology of ATMs posing as repair men. With only a few friends, Dick and Bug have to rely on their fellow tweakers to play the supporting roles in the heist and the plan quickly unravels, forcing them into desperate measures and testing long-standing friendships. Rossif Sutherland deserves special merit as the ultra-smooth Parisian-junky with a Serge Gainsbourg-esque air about him who acts as their face-man.
The film is brilliantly shot and really feels like 1983; the music, clothing, machines and even the adverts on TV ring true. There are copious shots of drug-taking and paraphernalia, it is similar to Requiem For A Dream in that respect but doesn't explore the nature of addiction like RFAD did rather choosing to concentrate on the stupid and comedic things addiction will drive you to do. The action is frenetic and fast-paced with a couple of twists I didn't see coming as the amateur robbers bungle from one calamity to the next with a couple of laugh-out-loud moments along the way.
A decent film with great production values, a solid cast and an interesting story even if it is a bit short, weighing in at barely 80 minutes (including the credits)!! DVD is bog standard; there is a director's commentary and the menus are nothing inspired. Despite this it's definitely worth a watch!!
PS - Was going to rate this a ZERO STAR, but it wouldn't let me. Had to give it a ONE STAR. It doesn't even deserve a one. I don't know why i'am giving a review of such a terrible movie.
Infact, i hope no human being tortures themselves by watching this.