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It's a few days before Christmas, and a Latin American couple living in New York City are preparing and packaging their heroin for street distribution. While the wife has her qualms about the ethics of drug dealing, both she and her husband know there's plenty of money to be made in the drug trade. The couple discovers one of their lower-level dealers may be talking to the police, but they soon have a bigger problem to deal with when the husband is kidnapped and held for a huge ransom. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
I've observed that Abel Ferrara's films generate polarized reviews: hate them and love them, lousy and genius. I've seen many of his films now. I rated "New Rose Hotel" as 5/10, "Ms .45" as 8/10, "The Funeral" as 6/10, Body Snatchers" as 6/10. Others I've seen but not rated, so I'll have to watch them again some day. Overall, I like his films. I find them personal, that is, he does things his own way. He has his own sense of pacing, which is far from conventional. His concept of what makes a scene work is unconventional -- he likes to have the actors improvise or at least it seems that way. He has themes that he's especially interested in. He makes good use of his New York habitat. He's not that interested necessarily in generating tension or momentum. He's an auteur who has generated quite an extensive body of work. Really, ratings are not that central here. The question is whether or not you like being invited to Abel Ferrara's "house" of movies, so to speak, to spend some time with him now and then. I'm used to it and find it's all right. I like films in general, however. I give most movies a break to begin with.
This film has a helluva performance from leading lady, Drea de Matteo. Her husband in the film is very good too, Lillo Brancato. They lead a good life, a good family life, the source of their plentiful money being drug sales. He's an upper-level dealer. This good life is rudely interrupted by a kidnapping of him, with Ice T being the man in the gang who interacts with de Matteo. The movie is quite static with a long buildup to the kidnapping. Quite a lot of slack here. From where I sit, this is a fault or weak point in the story, even though I give him the benefit of doubt. One can only be so patient.
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