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Harry Monument (2004)

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Private eye Keno Argyle imagines himself in Los Angeles on the trail of his partner's killer.

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Harry Monument has a junk food problem - he's been found murdered in a pile of French fries. Harry's partner, private-eye Keno Argyle, snags a job as a stand-in on a Kung Fu movie, gets kicked in the head by an overzealous action director and imagines himself in Los Angeles on the trail of Harry's killer. His search leads him to a seductive beauty with a hidden agenda and a sinister scheme involving a mysterious cookbook, a one-eyed building inspector with a wooden leg, millions of used bricks and a number of drowned little people. Homicide cops Blume and Quinlan prowl the underworld along with Keno and, in a convoluted denouement, the true identity of the killer is revealed. A tongue-in-cheek homage to noir, HARRY MONUMENT provides enough twists and turns to see Hammett and Chandler spinning in their graves. Private eye Keno Argyle imagines himself in Los Angeles on the trail of his partner's killer. Written by Evans, Richard

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Harry Monument - found dead in a piles of french fries.

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A masterpiece
22 December 2006 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at its world premiere in Langley, WA and was amazed. The striking motifs and masterful story telling only complement the script, which is nothing short of amazing. Evans has really struck a cord with the story of a struggling detective and his glorious redemption; but there's much more than that.

All the performances are top notch, the leads nail their performances with an ironic essence that is perfectly suited to the movie's splendid Southern California setting. The stand out in this Caesar Salad of excellence is Jim Scullin who plays Quinlan, Jolly Blume's assistant, gives his mute character an underlying uncertainty masked by his tough-guy persona.

The plot is deceptively simple, it concerns a washed out detective's redemption via a femme fatal and a sinister Chinaman. Harry Monument is found dead in a park and covered with french fries. Jolly Blume, the police detective assigned to the case suspects Harry's partner,Keno Argile, played by Dave Draper. Argile is a detective who is and has been washed up for a long time. The apartment building that he lives in is being foreclosed upon and his possessions are being removed from his apartment daily. This is an important symbolic point in the film representing Keno's slow deterioration, his mind fading away piece by piece. After this Keno is approached by a nameless femme fatal who thinks she knows who killed Harry.

After this pivotal twist Keno starts to change, he is more alert and is determined to find his partner's killer. The plot contains many more wrenching twists, including a shock involving Mexican midgets and bricks, lots of bricks.

The end is what you would expect from such a masterpiece; Harry's killer is revealed in an unconventional manner which will knock you off your feet. Evans also infuses an important symbol into this tour de force showing us Keno's pained expression after he discovers the truth; a sign that he will spiral into madness.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a highly intellectual journey; seen through the pained eyes of a pained man. I would say that Evans has reached a peak with this tour de force of modern cinema.


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