Staten Island [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Get £1 Off Amazon Video*
Hawke/D'Onofrio/Cassel/Cohen ~ Staten Island
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
James Demonaco is a director to watch out for , certainly, but his inspirations seem to be more European in influence. With his wonderful eye for the banal and trivial that encompass and capture the local Staten Island characterizations, make this film more like Amelie from the French director, Jean Pierre Jeunet, albeit , slightly more gory. A mysterious storyline keeps the interest and never spoon-feeds the audience with captions to alert you to the time-frame;the director expects your full attention.
D'Onofrio makes a sinister yet, clown-like mobster, with decently acted supporting gangsters.A refreshing turn for Ethan hawke , playing a bit against type and one of his best performances to date.
The scene stealer was the marvelous veteran actor,Seymour Cassel, who plays the most heart-wrenching poignant character- (and a gold star for the casting director)- everything is captured in his expression and those wonderful eyes.I loved the dramatic close-ups Demonaco sprinkled throughout the piece as well as a brilliant editing job.
A thought provoking and well-crafted gem.
The Director (and writer) James DeMonaco has obviously seen too many Coen Bros films and thinks it is clever to place a camera on the floor for the sake of it.
The story actually starts remarkably well. Then runs out of steam. Why on earth would a mafia crime boss, in the process of torturing the man who hurt his mother - end up standing in a tree protesting at the planned demolishion of the land by a property developer? As comedy, it's not funny, as serious it's just meaningless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who the hell thinks that Vincent D'Onofrio looks like a fat Billy Corgan?? He does, so; "Despite all he's rage, he is still but a rat in a cage!! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Solid Snail