Dark, disturbing - great director and cast. Unique and violent - but not as good on the action side.
A brute of a psychological thriller, it explores the psychotic bloodlust of a special forces assassin as his mental instabiity brings out his primal animal instincts - survival and the urge to kill. His mentor is reclucuntatly brought in to stop his protege, and then the most haunting man hunt in the movies begins.
I guess the thrill and horror laced imagery and feeling is attriubted to Friedkin's directing skills - the director of the Exorcist, so no surprise that if you do watch this flick, you would feel a scary tingle in your spine or chest.
Th movie is essentially a lengthly man hunt - its strong point from me was its imagery and tension which vibrates and moves like a restless wind, sometimes a light breeze, then suddenly a raging tempest. theres not much of a script, but then again, when I thought about it, its not essential either, the way this movie was made.
Its interesting..... I thought a lot about this just by watching the movie and "reading" and watching the scenes, not listening to an ambient script or wondering whats going on - in effect, its a reflexive, instantaneous and to my point of view, as simple as lifting a hammer up and then banging a nail into a piece of wood. Thats how I see it - a scene which is compared to the action of lifting up the hammer, then finally coming down with such a force to drive a nail in, which are of course the high tension action scenes. Its also very gory and there is a feeling of bloodlust and primal rage.... a movie which works on the basic instincts within a person. Benicio Del Toro is wonderful as the chilling killer, a man consumed by his training and experiences, becoming a sociopathic killing machine.... with no sense of turning off unless he is killed. tommy lee Jones is his mentor, and does what he does best, a gritty, tough as nails surviour and hunter, determined to stop his former pupil, knowing that he had a part in creating this horror.
Interesting concepts...... and interesting experiment of film making. Lucky it had a great cast backing it up or it could have been worse.