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Both acting and story are cheap and boring.
I had no idea that Kamal Ahmed, one of the Jerky Boys, has been writing and directing low budget films for a number of years. This grindhouse throwback to the gritty NYC 1970s crime flicks, the likes of of Abel Ferrara or Larry Cohen, is fun for fans of that subgenera, though I'm not sure others will get much out of this film. The excellent William Forsythe plays a hitman who follows a woman to her creative writing class (taught by the big brother from "ET") where he begins writing stories based on his crimes to impress her. It's an interesting set up, that felt very Larry Cohen-esque, but the characters and plot never really grabbed me. The film seems more of an exercise in style, with the players acting out film archetypes rather than fully fleshed out characters. Tom Sizemore even shows up, in true B-picture fashion, for what must have been a one-day shoot talking directly to the camera and not interacting with any other actors. Still, when all of this is packaged in an obvious nostalgia piece, right down to an amazing retro style title sequence and score (by Scott Hampton), this film is enjoyable enough for fans of films like "Ms. .45" or "God Told Me To."
Man, they throw you right into it. From the very beginning, complete unease, which I'm sure is what they were going for. I could have done without the first-person sexual abuse of a child, but luckily, they don't harp on it much after the first hour. The second half is much more of a passive experience, and more enjoyable. Glad I watched the film. Not glad that too often, children grow up in situations just like Frank.
Ambitious, but ultimately lackluster and inaccessible dark comedy. There have been many movies which utilizes dark theme of crime cynically, even amongst them Laugh Killer Laugh is one of the quirkiest. It takes so much liberty on presenting the dark narrative, it ends up dry and incoherent. The most notable anomalies are the exhausting script and the rigid lead character which frankly repels the audience's sympathy.
This is the story of Frank Stone, a gangster in lamentation. He wanders unemotionally at times, barely uttering words for the majority of the movie. Meanwhile, his colleague narrates the story with too much crude delivery, it becomes less audience friendly. It uses plenty of self-awareness about the genre and deliberately makes fun of it, half of the plot is Frank attending writing class as a sort of realism commentary.
However, it's done with tiresome dialogues resembling drunken banter. Heck, some of these are actually drunken banters. They talk in cryptic, brash and repetitive manner, occasionally to themselves and even the audience. The screenplay seems forced, and despite the ambitious take on the gritty subject, the movie feels detached. It demands patience from audience since it takes quite a while to build up and event then it's littered with inconsistent narrative.
Acting and cinematography are done to emulate real life. The shots are all taken in diagonal claustrophobic angle and most of the scenes have heavy 80s action movie atmosphere. Unfortunately, the characters are either highly exaggerated or extremely cliché. It also displays incredibly gory scene out of nowhere, which is far from appealing.
While it tries to deliver cynicism on crime element, the bizarre script and unsympathetic characters will deter casual viewers and genre fans alike.