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Critic Reviews for 6ixtynin9
Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang's splatter comedy 6ixtynin9 rejoices in a plot as tricky as its spelling.
Enlivens some dingy genre predicaments (dirty money, corpse disposal) with gusts of dreamlike whimsy and a sardonic take on local economic woes.
It is a lot of fun and allows us to track the growth of a special artist.
Audience Reviews for 6ixtynin9
I can see Pen-ek's potential brimming over in this movie. He eventually puts the pieces together in The Last Life in the Universe, but here he's very raw and requires some serious fine-tuning. The characters are insufferable assholes, and if they'd simply mind their own business, this movie would be twenty minutes long. There's no atmospheric presence of gangsters or doom either, even though the story would indicate otherwise. However, the story, despite being terribly linear, is interesting and keeps things from getting too boring. The director gets points for his low-grade, omnipresent style as well, from his choices in color to the fluidity of the final product.
This movie is really surprising. I think it could be described as both interesting and good, however, probably more interesting than good. While the title is poor choice of translation, the actual name of the movie is closer to "A Funny Story about 6 and 9". The movie has a grimy quality to it that really draws in its viewers. The plot, or story line rather, steals the show. There are so many surprises and twists and clever points that weaknesses in acting and editing can be overlooked. I would by no means suggest this everyone, fans of Tarantino and dark comedies should definitely check out this foreign gem.
A very good comic thriller. Kind of a Thai version of A Simple Plan with a sense of humor. I'm trying to resist mentioning Tarantino, but it does seem like an influence.
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