2 items from 2016
A burnt-out movie star and a violent drifter play a cat-and-mouse game that extends from the desert to the Hollywood Hills in “Mojave,” the second feature by William Monahan (“London Boulevard”), the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Departed.” Premise aside, however, the word “thriller” doesn’t apply to this comically affected piece of genre deconstruction, which seeks to re-create the existential drift of David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” and Cormac McCarthy, but winds up hacking on their secondhand smoke. Pegged to a deeply unappealing performance by Garrett Hedlund, whose scuzzball chic recalls Mickey Rourke in his lean years, it’s the type of movie where two adversaries pause their fight-to-the-death to correct a George Bernard Shaw quote. Following a seven-week VOD run on DirecTV, the pic’s theatrical life stands to be mercifully brief.
“I’ve been famous in one way or another since I was 19,” mopes Tom (Hedlund) in the voiceover, »
- Scott Tobias
Plot: An acclaimed Hollywood auteur (Garrett Hedlund) retreats to the Mojave desert, but finds himself in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a homicidal drifter (Oscar Isaac). Review: Mojave is a William Monahan movie through-and-through. His second directorial effort after the so-so London Boulevard, Mojave feels like a kind of spiritual sequel to the recent remake of The Gambler that he wrote.... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
2 items from 2016
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