Technically this is a Thriller. But here it is, under Action Movies. Just because. A classic that I just now have gotten around to seeing. Let’s start with the cast: Christian Slater (the world’s greatest sorta famous guy actor), Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman (playing a one-eyed, white Rastafarian pimp – no shit), Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken (I think he literally just plays himself), Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, and Tom Sizemore. This 1993 Tony Scott flick (directed by, and very obviously well written by Quentin Tarantino) features many of its amazing cast at the height of their careers.
It features one of the greatest character scenes ever devised between Walken and Hopper. I was prodded to watch this movie because it came up in discussion on a Tested.com podcast interview series with Adam Savage of Mythbusters. In it he talks about how Tarantino creates intelligent characters who are smarter than the audience which creates an amazing experience of the audience discovering a wonderful plan by a character. I wholeheartedly agree and cannot say it better myself.
Only bad part is Patricia Arquette occasionally (mostly in the beginning) puts on a really terrible Southern accent. This may not bug some of my non-Southern friends, and it doesn’t ruin the movie. And the rest of her acting is great, especially one kickass scene.