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Six years ago Joey's life changed totally. A shop owner who lay in a pool of blood claimed that Joey was the perpetrator. Now the time is served and Joey has scars on both his body and his soul. He is determined to never go back to prison. He seeks his elder brother Tommy who has begun dealing drugs and is now married to a beautiful blonde named Lorraine. She is at first sceptical about Joey staying there, but soon they develop a special relationship. Written by
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Tim Roth tries to go straight while staying with his marijuana-dealing brother James Russo
No Way Home" (1996) is a good drama, fully realized on Staten Island in downscale neighborhoods. The three main characters are low-income and the surroundings match this realistically. The focus is on Tim Roth's character (Joey) fresh out of jail after serving 6 years of hard time after taking the blame for a murder his brother Tommy committed while both were burglarizing a store.
Roth is a composed and measured kind of guy in contrast to James Russo's voluble Tommy. Their moralities differ greatly too. Tommy is married to Lorraine (Deborah Kara Unger), also a character who is perceptive and well-controlled. Indeed, the characters of Tommy and Lorraine created by writer-director Buddy Giovinazzo are both in refreshing contrast to so many modern day louts we see on screen, who lack all self-control, swear all the time, are totally boorish and carry on like jerks. Tommy's heavily in debt and deals in marijuana. He has a temper but he's not violent toward Lorraine. Joey as brother-in-law has no unhealthy or immoral interest in Lorraine and vice versa.
The drama focuses on Joey's striving to stay clean while temporarily housing himself with his brother, and on his brother's money problems that are allied to no little domestic friction with his wife. But lurking beneath the surface is the more serious issue of settling old accounts that have never been closed, since Joey took the rap for Tommy and Tommy has been living a lie ever since. Along the way, the cost to Joey is revealed when he runs into the girl he once hoped to marry, Catherine Kellner. Joey has to grow up too and deal with his overdone loyalty to his brother.
The climactic sequence to the drama is bloody and violent.
The acting in this story is excellent. Combine that with the locales and an earnest drama that shoots for realism and you have a good movie.
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