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A brisk, entertaining contemporary melodrama.
The film is a hot-wired crime thriller that captures [Jim] Thompson's flair for hard action, malicious wit and fevered eroticism.
Foley has brought the novel subtly up to date, and does a good job of maintaining Thompson's artful ambiguity.
If anything, though, Foley makes Thompson's killing universe too inviting, too sunny and comfortable. He's missed the essence of Thompson, but all in all, there are worse ways of failing.
Patric plays one of those sweet and totally limited ex-boxers that only seem to exist in the movies and in pulp novels.
After the compromised result of the noirish At Close Range, Foley shows imporovement in giving Jim Thompson's 1955 tale the right tone and visuals, though he should have cast the femme fatale with a better actress than Rachel Ward.
Tour-de-force performances all-round
This is the real thing from start to finish.
If you actually force yourself to sit all the way through After Dark, My Sweet, it'll almost certainly leave you feeling punch-drunk.
Yet again, here I go reviewing a film from a while back('90). However, I just saw this again and had t give it a mention.
Jason Patric is truly one of the better actors around but we rarely see him. In this one, he plays an ex-boxer who suffers from closed-head injury symptoms from blows to the head which can be seen by how he mumbles around due to his balance being affected. He gets mixed up with an alcoholic widow played by Rachel Ward and a burned out former lawman portrayed by another great actor by the name of Bruce Dern. These two lowlifes pull a reluctant Collie(Patric) into a kidnapping scheme in which the kid turns out to be diabetic making things all the more chaotic.
Dull and extremely drawn out, Jason Patric was the only good thing about this film as a hardened mysterious character - definitely not a recommendation.
good desert noir with jason patric as a punchy ex-fighter who's not quite as dumb as he looks
Nice bit of modern Film Noir.
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