Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two ... See full summary »
A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.
Robert De Niro,
After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.
Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two bandits, but escapes and hides out with his Mexican gardener's family for a while. At the same time, surveillance expert Ray Bering is looking for what happens in the city, but it is not clear what he wants. The police investigation for Max's disappearance is led by detective Doc Block, who falls in love with actress Cat who is playing in ongoing Max's production. Written by
There is a scene in the film where we see a live recreation of the painting "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper. See more »
When Page is holding Mike at gunpoint she holds the gun upward with the bottom of the handle facing outward and the ammo clip is clearly missing. Yet when Mike exits through the patio door she fires the gun and shatters the glass. See more »
Perversely. That's one thing I think I can define now. It's when things are upside down and you start to like 'em that way.
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The film has some interesting moments, but is weighed down by far too many uninteresting ones! The stunt woman character was endearing, the idea of government-run security cameras everywhere was intriguing, but there is no story here. The film is handed the ball but just doesn't run with it. That's to bad -- I was really looking forward to seeing it. I gave it every benefit of the doubt, but in the end it left me unmoved, slightly depressed, and a little confused (I assure you the confusion was not my fault).
And while Siskel thought it one of the best movies of the year, Ebert did give it a thumbs down. Like I said, the movie has a few good scenes, ideas, and characters, but you could live a perfectly happy life without having seen this film.
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