A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Philip Seymour Hoffman,
In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
Locked in a dark basement, Laura, a psychiatrist in her early thirties, contemplates in horror a video where a man confesses to be a serial killer. His name is Ramon, an apparently normal man in his forties, who seems to be quite harmless. Gagged and bound to a chair, Laura realises that it's the same person who kidnapped her and who is now pacing in the shadows. Ramon continues to speak as he turns off the television. He walks over to her, takes off the gag and challenges Laura to play the "Word Game". If she wins, she gets to go free, but if she loses, he'll poke out her eye. Laura is terrified, but reluctantly accepts. The game begins. Laura makes a mistake. Ramon menacingly moves towards her. Laura's screams are useless. Written by
Probably the most underrated, unsung thriller of the last decade! Viva Espana!
Brilliant mise-en-scène and excellent acting in this chilling psychological thriller, an exceptional, multi-twisted script full of lies, fraud, faked evidences and changing realities - but, and that's very rare in this genre, the end is as disturbing as it is logical and does not insult the viewer's intelligence. All the irritating twists displayed in the masterfully puzzled flashback scenes are dissolved to make sense towards the end. The solution is developing and it's achieved without lengthy or clumsy explanations - which makes it superior to even classics such as LES DIABOLIQUES, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, SE7EN or THE USUAL SUSPECTS. Speaking of the latter two: hello Hollywood, if you're planning to do a remake from this, try to get Kevin Spacey for the main character, he would fit like a glove. And please cast Sigourney or Annette Bening instead of J-Lo for the female lead... Don't get me wrong - this movie is just perfect and does not need a reworking, it can't be crafted any better (same as "Abre mes ojos" or "Spoorloos"). But a big name US cast sure would help to provide a far better international marketing for this exceptional thriller. It's a shame that it did not get a theatrical release in most European countries - including Germany, where it had toured a few weeks in 4 cities within the FANTASY FILMFEST and then disappeared from the big screen. This is as surprising as the fact that the brilliant director, Laura Mana, is generally known as an actress. But maybe that's one reason for the outstanding performances delivered here. Definitely a must-see!
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