good comrades It was, justifiably, the first word in nearly every title Ray LiottaLast week’s departure deserves appreciation for any actor who can stand his opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s classic. But, in addition to excelling as a tough guy, he also had a weak side as well as comedic chops. As a result, the list of his memorable shows is impressively long.
He received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his first supporting role in wild thing; He portrayed the ghost of Joe Jackson in Shoeless field of dreams; He flew off the handle like a deranged cop illegal entry; eat his brain in Hannibal; Appeared in two Muppets films (The Muppets from Space And the Most Wanted Dolls); He played a pivotal role as Ryan Reynolds’ partner in for smokers; He painted her with Seth Rogen to the tunes of Queen in Monitoring and reporting; He voiced the hero in one of the most famous video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto Vice CityFor example, but not limited.
But the Ray Liotta movie I find myself thinking the most is 2003 identification, in which he plays one of several people stranded in an abandoned Nevada motel by torrential rain only to be picked up one by one by an unknown killer. It is basically a modern novel of Agatha Christie’s touching crime unit of 1939 and then there Were None (which a character refers to directly in the film) until a seismic evolution re-contextualizes everything.
Among the guests is limousine driver Ed (John Cusack), corrections officer Rhodes (Utah) and transfer prisoner Robert Maine (Jake PoseyAnd the Spaceship Soldiers), sex worker Paris (Amanda PeteAnd the X files: I want to believe), singer-actress Caroline (Rebecca de MornayAnd the dangerous work) , if (William Lee ScottAnd the The Butterfly Effect(and Jenny)Clea DuvalAnd the the collegeGeorge’s parentsJohn C McGinleyAnd the scrubs) and Alice (Laila KanzelAnd the crazy of you(with little son Timmy)Brett Loehr), and hotel manager Larry (John HawksAnd the winter bones).
A large number of characters are skillfully handled, each one easily identifiable by their own quirks after quick introductions via carefully edited (courtesy of the Academy Award winner David Brenner) flashbacks show their cross paths. With increasing mystery, Story B relates to the informal trial of death row inmate Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor VinceAnd the Constantine), with Alfred Molina (spider man 2) as a psychiatrist and Holmes Osborne (Donnie Darko) as a judge.
identification It is an amazing thrill ride to build Twilight Zone– Intrigue while escalating tension over the course of 90 minutes. The rug has been pulled out from under the viewer multiple times, most notably with a clever twist of the third act that can stun M. Like any good puzzle, clues are hidden in plain sight, making repeated viewings rewarding.
James Mangold (Logan, Ford vs FerrariIt was a somewhat unexpected choice of direction identification In 2003, by showing successive dramas with girl cut off And the Kate and LeopoldBut he does so with enthusiasm. Although contained in one place, the visuals never tire. Working with the Director of Photography Fedun Papamichiel (The Pursuit of Happiness, Ford vs Ferrari), Mangold gives the glossy picture a new noir atmosphere with the mysterious cinematography and the endless stream of rain.
Also surprising is the fact that the tightly planned scenario was written by Michael Cooneywhose only previous work was writing and directing the 1997 cult classic Snowman Killer frost. He uses his genre background by injecting the movie’s sharpened mindset into psychological thrills. As Cusack notes in a hallmark, “In a lot of movies, you have to do things that get the character plotted. That’s where the actors, in a way, are kind of these neat chess pieces; the writer and director weave these different stories.”
From on-screen veterans to actors, the eccentric group plays well in one another. Cusack shines as a flawed hero. Liotta, reunited with Mangold after working together in 1997 Cop LandIt offers multi-layered performance. Pete embodies the independent woman who refuses to be abused. McGinley wears glasses and is playing well ineffectively shaken. Posey is effortlessly obnoxious. Vince, who starred in Mangold’s debut 1995 heavychilling but sympathetic.
Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks) Originally to compose the soundtrack, only to replace it Alan Silvestri. Silvestri’s result is noticeably more accurate than his brilliant work in the likes Back to the future, the AvengersAnd the forrest gump, but weird enough to fit the tone of the movie. The soundtrack also makes good use of “All My Life” by the Foo Fighters and Bob Dylan’s “I Want You”.
The movie was shot in the Los Angeles area with a budget of $28 million. identification It opened at number one at the box office on April 25, 2003, grossing over $16 million, and going on to earn more than $90 million worldwide. It has received mixed but generally favorable reviews, reaching 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. While I can see why it might fall apart with a twist to some, I consider it a near-perfect thriller, as it subtly subverts expectations at every turn with a dull moment. It is currently streaming on Netflix.
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