City of Industry Reviews
One for the future: Stephen Dorff
Stand-out scene: Missing taxi
Brainer or no-brainer: Brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: One
DVD commentary any good?: n/a
If the director could have publicised this an a pre-Reservoir Dogs incident in the life of Mr White this might not have bombed at the box office. Harvey Keitel stars as Roy Egan, the sole survivor of a member of a jewelery heist gang whose newest recruit, Chip (Dorff) attempts to off the rest of his cohorts and keep the entire spoils for himself. Gunned down but alive it's left to Roy to track down the traitor, extract the loot and exact the ultimate revenge. Thinking about it, it's unlikely that Mr White would have total blind trust in Mr Orange having gone through this little lot, so scratch that earlier comment. Famke Janssen also appears as the girlfriend of one of the betrayed, whom Roy turns to initially for information on the whereabouts of Chip and later for life-saving medical attention. While the robber-with-a-heart seeking redemption is nothing new, plot-wise, Keitel makes for a compelling lead character with much rootability. Chip is his polar opposite, evil made incarnate, Brit director John Irvin (also responsible for the radically different Widow's Peak) allowing the viewer zero scope for sympathy for the baddie. The final twist smacks somewhat of tinkering due to preview audience opinion, but this is an above average offering in its genre.