Road To Nowhere (2011)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 916
There's a murky, tenuous balance between reality and fiction...particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune, and suicide. A passionate filmmaker creating a film based upon a true crime casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. Unsuspectingly, he finds himself drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue: he becomes obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious
Jun 10, 2011 Limited
Aug 22, 2011
Monterey Media - Official Site
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Ultimately, the film gets too clever and confusing for its own good, while the slow pacing zaps momentum from the story (and the story within the story).
A rabbit hole of enigmatic characters and swampy motives...Shot by shot, the film has a burnished, beautiful sheen.
A stylish, shimmering neo-noir with a multi-layered narrative for which the director's longtime collaborator Steven Gaydos has written an exceedingly elliptical and challenging script.
Without succumbing to any romance about the magic of motion pictures, Hellman imbues Road to Nowhere with a haunted yet hallowed quality.
The film is a series of carefully composed, painterly tableaux that may stay in your mind long after its "story" has been forgotten.
A return to form. But it still has the power to leave audiences disoriented, just as Hellman's best films Ride in the Whirlwind, The Shooting, Two-Lane Blacktop, and Cockfighter once did.
The sort of movie that goes down so many wormholes that, at the end, there's room for debate about what was real and what wasn't.
The first feature film from Monte Hellman in 21 years is a quirky and self-reflexive film-within-a-film mystery that whiplashes viewers with audacious inventiveness; it's both more and less than it seems.
Cult icon Hellman has no pity on the faint of heart in this complex time-warped epic of a film noir.
Part of the pleasure of the film is trying to parse the reality from the fiction as Hellman weaves everything sinuously together.
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