Posted on 10/06/12 01:04 PM
ok, the story is not very developed, it's not even very believable, but what it lacks in originality and depth of characters, this movie compensates with lots of style.
it's not the first time that we see los angeles and hollywood as a modern-day babylon, it's propably not even the last time. but told from the angle of an aging english career criminal, the subtext is getting generally good. we see the dark side of an average success story. terence stamp is simply great as a "cockney geeser", and so is peter fonda as a washed-up music producer. there is more of a crime story, there is a kind of social story about the industry that eats its own stars, but this is mainly introspective look in the direction of a wasted life. a special feature of this picture is something extraordinary: flashbacks to london's swinging sixties where and when main character's life went to a completely wrong direction.
the atmosphere is great, the direction is almost invisible and therefore secure. doing it low-key is the right way for an intimate story. my recommendations to indie lovers.