standard Amerikana gum-shoe 'noir. All the caricatures are there, plus the increasingly implausible plot. I watched it through cos I'm a fan of Michael Shannon but even he couldn't pull this one out the yawn pond. It was probably 'edgy' in it's day (camera phones were the new 'thing') but now, when people are being stabbed, run-over, blown up, left right and centre, it barely registers. Ironically, this film does centre around an event that ultimately condemned us all to a world of 'being stabbed, run-over, blown up, left right and centre'.
- This film is strange, dark and deadpan. A noir type of crime movie with a rather slow plot and a mumbling dour private investigator.
- Michael Shannon, a down on his luck PI, is hired to find and keep track of a man who is travelling to LA by train. Little is known about those hiring him other than they pay him lots of money up front and have a habit of sending women to keep track on his what he is doing.
- All is not what it seems and our hopeless PI is knee deep into some rather dangerous and dodgy stuff before you can say remember the Alamo!
- If the film is as rambling as I say it is, why the 4 stars. Well if you can imagine a Phillip Marlowe novel jointly written by Franz Kafka and Charles Burkowski, and are still interested in reading it then this is the flim for you.
- Plot lines going nowhere. A story that does'nt make much sense, and a strung out detective who shuffles about barely able to put a sentence together. Played to perfection by Michael Shannon, last seen as the southern Redneck boyfriend of Eminem's mother in 8 Mile.
- All in all then, for fans of anti heroes, rambling and ramshackle movies, Paris, Texas and Angel Heart all the way!
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