The Young Americans Reviews
The strange thing is despite the mixed reviews the film got at the time its actually not that bad and it contains two great central performances From Harvey Keitel and Viggo Mortensen.
The premise is simple Keitel plays a DEA agent who comes to London in order to help the Met crack a drug ring which uses young Londoners to eliminate the opposistion.
What follows is a ruthless game of cat and mouse between the agent and the alwyas excellent Mortensen as a suave but deadly drug dealer.
The film works because director Danny Cannon doesnt use the picture postcard view of London that some films use ,Cannons world is dark nightclubs ,dingy dark Sohos streets and decrpid council houses .
The film also shows the conflict between old time London Gangsters and the new blood who are more than happy to kill before asking any questions,the films almost pre empts those ghastly gangster films that followed Lock Stock, but its much better than those as its not full of crap mockney actors.
A film then with plenty going on its just a shame its young director blew all his promise making the terrible Sly Stallone version of Judge Dredd.
It's gritty, dark and loud, but I never grew interested in the characters or the dealings they had to face, while the resolution was expected.
Oft forgotten crime thriller staring Harvey Keitel as Harris and a pre LOTR Viggo Mortensen as his nemesis Frazer (even then Mortensen can convey charisma and menace like few others). Director Danny Cannon shows us a time and place in flux where then old kings of the underworld are being pushed out by younger, hungrier men, where the forgotten members of society weined on the old legends rise up to claim their piece of the city violating the old codes of honor. Check it out if you haven't seen it already.