Dangerous Game might be the flick for you. It made me think
about the individual scenes that make a film, and the performances therein that elicit a particular response in the viewer. The whole movie is difficult to watch-at times I had to look away.
On the surface one might dismiss it as Crackhead Cassavetes.
But Keitel's character Eddie Israel and real-life director Abel
Ferrara's intentions run parallel-both men lead their actors on a
descent into a personalized hell. The script on occasion seems
ponderous and repetitive-at some points it seems as though
director Eddie Israel's film-within-a-film consists of only one
scene. James Russo (always creepy to watch) is a tightly-wound
sickening knot as Burns, and Madonna's portrayal of Sarah as
victim is an equally punishing one, both for the actress and the
viewer. And when Keitel hits you with the signature half-whine,
half-howl we hate to love him for, the fat lady has sung. There isn't
one weak performance in this film, but it's not fun at all. You
wonder why this is called entertainment. It's entertaining in the
same way watching two strangers nearly come to blows is
entertaining-you end up feeling good because it's not happening
critically examined by afficionados of the genre for years to come. Look for the inevitable Hollywood remake with Cameron Diaz cast as the female lead.
Spotlight on Guilala (pronounced GOO-LA-LA) and his agonizing struggle to
determine his/her/its own destiny, perceptible through the translucency of the classic "alien monster run amok" thematic device. Groundbreaking special
effects underscore Guilala's haunting portrayal of a space monster who is both hunter and hunted, his fate resting in the hands of one solitary American
heroine who places herself in harm's way for the greater good-the preservation of man-and more importantly-woman-kind. Peggy Neal's performance as Lisa is
astonishing, crystalline in its sensitivity. Her coif remains perfect throughout. Fans of the novel are of course among the film's harshest critics-others applaud director Kazui Nihonmatsu's unique interpretation of the original tome, myself among them. The film is more than a visual feast-it reminds viewers that the key to the centuries-old mysteries of life on Planet Earth may lie somewhere beyond the stars.