Fairly enjoyable documentary of some people who left the porn industry. Some ended up for the worse, some ended up in good places. Not nearly as depressing or patronizing as other comments want you to believe.
Following the Belle Knox (Duke University porn model) scandal, this doc continues the message that porn is an industry like any other. The model is a "character" played by a real person. Do not mistake the real person with their character. That's like mistaking Ben Affleck for Batman.
From Flixster reviews, the consensus is that Johnny Depp is very good in this. Truth. Koepp keeps hinting in the danged film that he fixed Stephen King's ending however. While I do prefer his ending, it is obnoxious how he warns the audience beforehand. I do give him credit for doing what Darabont later does for "The Mist" by changing the finale to be much darker. The film is about 95 minutes long, but feels much longer. I kind of wish they got to the point/twist sooner as that amps the film back up.
Not as bad as I was warned. From Flixster comments this movie was too "inside". No, it really wasn't. In some ways you can watch this film as if "What if Neil McCauley had become a Hollywood producer?" Lots of storylines De Niro has to follow which kept it interesting in my opinion. I agree with the criticism that the overall effect of the film is lacking due to a lack of resolution. Lots of storylines, but not much closer or comeuppance for them. But sometimes, the dog has to die. And horribly.
Before Seeing: What a cast! But this looks terrible. Another film about making films... So only film people are going to go. We all know how this goes.
The podcast episode we recorded discussing this film was one of my favorites. That alone is why I will appreciate this film. Otherwise, this is what I would teach to screenwriting students about what not to do.
On one hand, "Savages" is the spiritual brother of this film; both films are about what happens when you mess with the cartel. I actually don't think I would've liked this film as much if I hadn't seen "Savages". This film has a pace and you do not realize how bad things have really gotten for the characters until they pay for it. On one hand, I see why people didn't respond to it, but on the other, I think it told a pretty cool crime story. A curiosity worth watching to see how to tell a crime film from a completely different approach.