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A haggard voice breaks the darkness of the screen.

“Tell me…

“Tell me…

“Tell me about Jenny.”

If possible, the voice is simultaneously threatening and pleading. It’s demanding and mourning. Terence Stamp’s Wilson in Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey is a man out of place, a British ex-con in sunny Los Angeles trying to learn about his daughter and her death. Pete Townsend’s loud, brash guitars and Roger Daltrey’s screaming “I’m a seeker/I’m a really desperate man” sets the tone for the movie. Unlike the slick films like Out of Sight or Ocean’s Eleven, which he was doing with George Clooney, Soderbergh isn’t out to make Stamp’s Wilson look like a shining knight. Maybe it’s just Clooney’s superpower of charisma, but his characters are classic leading men, with their Cary Grant smiles and ladykiller swagger. In comparison, Stamp is an old, »

- Scott Cederlund

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