8 Million Ways To Die Reviews
The Hitcher. There are moments in the film that are so realistic. it's like
an exchange of dialogue in real life, where I feel it had a lot to do with ad libbing. Bridges is so believable as the booze hound detective, Matt Scudder,
while it's the new Garcia who steals the movie as a pimp, called Angel. The credit opening tracking sequence is so cool and awesome, but so are a lot of moments in this flick. Alexandra Paul as the ill fated whore Sunny, you can just eat up.
Though disjointed, EMWTD has some awesome dialogue, and there is
that chase scene with Paul buying it in the back of a van in a daylight snatch, where the back van window turns crimson. If you love 1986 movies like I do, here's one you should see, no excuses, especially Scarface fans. If you wanna really see a cool things in a film that rides on coolness, this is the flick. I mean, just check out Angel's pad, and another one he buys later on.
"The white stuff? Isn't that a movie about astronauts?"-Angel Maldonado (Andy Garcia)
Things to die for: Hal's direction, Stone's screenplay, Bridge's mustache, the warehouse sequence, the intensity between Bridges and Garcia, Paul's nudity scene, and so on.
(1985) 8 Million Ways To Die
Dull and disoriented movie who can't decide whether it wants to be a 'film noir' or an 'action' film but in the end ends up being a thriller. At the first 5 minutes, Jeff Bridges as "Matt" Scuder who babbles while on a helicopter about the movies title about how theirs "8 million ways to die" we soon find out that it has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the film for both the producers as well as the director were probably looking for a movie title since by looking at the title and the picture of the poster - it does look like an action film. Bridges really plays a narcs agent and as a result of shooting and then killing a Mexican drug client who was presented with a warrant for his arrest but instead of cooperating he decides to take a bat beating a former narcs agent to death, internal affairs harasses his ass for saving that former narcs life from whatever blows he could've sustained and the film does not recognize that- it does however, acknowledges that this drug guy also has a family with three underage kids who had to witness this whole thing including their father getting killed for not cooperating. Matt (Bridges) then goes on a serious drinking binge forcing him to leave his family as well as his job since he feels very guilty and drinks lots whenever he feels guilty. After he goes to AA meetings and is about to take full control over his drinking situation, one of the members hands him a note asking him to be somewhere with some money attached to this letter. He goes
Given the talent involved here its a shame this film is such a crushing bore,with a plot that never gets going and Ashby just giving up directing and giving us a lumpy and stupid thriller.
Jeff Bridges is operhaps the only reason you should see this film as the rest of it is just so pointless after an hour you start to lose the will to live .
Andy Garcia gets a part so one dimensional he looks like he will dissapear under the weight of cliche ,and everything else has been done a thousand times better somwhere else in the mid eighties most notable being To Live And Die In LA .
A sad end to the directors career and one film it wise to avoid, period