To Live and Die in L.A. Reviews
-. I think Robert Downey Sr is in this. Who?
- Willem Dafoe is still super super creepy. His opening scene he's lighting fire to an oil painting.
- Grissom (from CSI) just bungee-jumped from a bridge. Except it was just a steel cable.
- I now know how to counterfeit bills circa 1985. Thank you creepy Willem Dafoe!
- OMG the music is all totally gnarly. In a good way.
- Sleeping on a stakeout is not a good idea. Even if you are dressed super fly.
- Money orders are only 10 cents!
- "Why you chasin me man?!" "Why you runnin, man!?"
- The cop had to use the CB to ask Base to phone the hospital for something. Technology's come a long way.
- But car chases are way better in this movie. Real cars with cameras strapped to them.
Saw this on 25/6/16
Willia, Friedkin's direction is the key here. After a lethargic first hour, the film attains terrific momentum thanks to one of the most effectively crafted chase sequences in movie history and the film does have a good few twists towards the end. It is brutal, cynical and immoral to the core, but the script does not do justice to the film's many great things. One big problem here is that the script is muddled with a lot sub plots that are left unanswered or more accurately ignored in the end which makes them feel totally unnecessary. John Turturo's character, the FBI operation, Dafoe's girlfriend, his lawyer are all examples of the same. The conclusion of the counterfeiter also brings another twist which makes the whole affair questionable, ie why would a man(Dafoe) walk into such trouble when he knows before hand that he is about to have police cum all over him.
I never really get hooked and it's not very impressive. I never like the protagonists and the bad guys are not that cool either. I like Turturro and Defoe and there is a great and intense car chase here. Sadly it does not add much else to the table.
5 out of 10 shots in the face.
According to Wikipedia 'Chance has a reputation for reckless behavior, while Hart is three days away from retirement.'
At one point Dafoe, just before he kills a bloke picks up a statue and says: '18th century cameroon? your taste is in your ass.'
Imagine a bunch of Po faces actors shouting cliches at each other for 2 hours. That's what this film is. You're off the case.