U Turn (1997)
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Average Rating: 5.6/10
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Oliver Stone directed this John Ridley screenplay adapted from Ridley's novel Stray Dogs. A drifter (Sean Penn) eludes Las Vegas collection agents and arrives in a small town where he decides to linger after his car has a breakdown. Here he gets involved with the locals, including an unhappily married couple -- a businessman (Nick Nolte) and his seductive, femme-fatale wife (Jennifer Lopez). A trailer trash teen (Claire Danes) also approaches him in an effort to get away from her abusive
Oct 3, 1997 Wide
Mar 31, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Toby N. Tucker
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The stylistic fun Stone has in dramatizing this crime of passion thoroughly revitalizes the well-worked genre.
Penn turns in a crisp, unfussy comic performance, Lopez vamps like a scorpion in heat, Nolte sustains a pretty good John Huston impression, and Thornton is mighty peculiar as the mechanic from hell.
It's so empty emotionally it's difficult to see what the point is, unless it's the celebration of emptiness, an aim that has become so familiar recently it hardly seems worth the trouble everyone has gone to.
U-Turn becomes a showcase for the filmmaker's terrific arsenal of visual mannerisms and free-association imagery.
Stone has stretched this rubber band past the point where it should snap into parody, but it still holds the shape of a rubber band.
Viewers who don't need depth and can ignore technique overkill along with social critique nonsense, should enjoy the bumpy ride offered by 'U Turn.'
With brilliant photography and inventive camerawork, Stone gives a really interesting feel to the story.
U-Turn is fast-paced throughout, with unexpected bursts of twisted humor among the bloody closeups of beatings, shootings and mutilation.
Observar os 'truques' de Oliver Stone é, por si só, diversão mais do que suficiente.
U-Turn is just your basic film noir, only with all the walloping, bravura technique that Stone brings to the similarly far-fetched premises of his overtly political films.
Stone's trademark techniques -- fast cuts, multiple images, mixed film stocks, odd film speeds, weird angles -- overtake the film.
Once you've met all the bizarro charaters, there's nothing left to see but the odd starlet's rump. And even in an Oliver Stone movie.. that's just not enough.
Audience Reviews for U Turn
- Blind Man: A man with no ethics is a free man.
- Blind Man: Everything is everything. And everything is nothing, too.
- Toby N. Tucker: I don't think you know who I am. The name's Toby N. Tucker. People round here call me TNT. You know why?
- Bobby Cooper: Because they're not very imaginative?
- Toby N. Tucker: 'Cause I'm just like dynamite, boy, and when I go off, somebody gets hurt.
- Sheriff Potter: She liked fuckin' her papa.
- Bobby Cooper: Listen to me you stupid fuck...
- Darrell: No! You listen to me goddamnit! Ya sorry son of a bitch! You owe me money! And this car aint goin' no place 'till I get it!
- Grace McKenna: Don't you want to know? Was Jake my father? Was I fucking my daddy? Yes, I was! I was fucking my daddy! And I married him! I married him, okay? I just wanted to be a kid. And they took that from me. They treated me like meat. A piece of meat. Fuck him! Fuck the whole town, they deserve to die!
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