An American diplomat and his fiancée venture into the sordid underworld of sex and pornography in Budapest, Hungary to find out who is blackmailing them with a porno video taken of them with a prostitute.
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, Welles relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town private eye.Written by
The Aphex Twin song, "Come to Daddy", is played twice. The first time it is the theme song to a hardcore porn flick, and the second time it is actually played as the background music to this film, upon Nicolas Cage's entering of the "bad guy's" house. Also, the music video for "Come to Daddy" is being played on a small TV in Dino Velvet's office. See more »
Tom Welles' transportation of his firearm throughout the film is at odds with reality in many ways. While it is legal to travel by air with a firearm, it must be done in a locked case that is inspected by airport security (even in the pre-TSA days), then stored with checked baggage. Any security personnel noticing a NFA item, in this case Tom's suppressor, heading for a state where they are prohibited (CA and NY in this case) would certainly suggest to Tom that this is a very bad idea, and a felony. In order to do this legally, Tom would need to file a NFA Form 20 and have very specific firearms dealer and manufacturer licensing, which it is extremely unlikely a random PI would have.
Further, while it is likely that Wells, as a private investigator, would have a carry license in his home state, it is extremely unlikely that a PI based on the east coast would have any privileges in California, and largely impossible that he would have such in NYC. It is unlikely an experienced PI would risk losing their license, and a lengthy prison term, to transport a suppressor around the country just in case they happened to need it. See more »
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I'll never forget first seeing this film in the theater. When I heard that this film was written by the same writer as "Seven", I expected a truly sick and twisted film. Now don't get me wrong, this most certainly is a sick and twisted film, but it wasn't nearly as graphic as I expected. Maybe that is due to this film having a different director, but nonetheless the film wasn't as graphic as I'd expected. With that said, and having watched this film a number of times, I still wouldn't recommend this film to everyone. If you like thrillers and can handle the subject of pornography and "snuff" films, then you should definitely give this film a chance.
I'm a little surprised that this film has such a low rating on IMDB. I can see why someone wouldn't like it, but I can't see why it would have such a low rating. I would assume that most viewers couldn't handle the subject and therefore gave the film a low rating.
All of the actors involved in this film did a very good job. Nicholas Cage was great as always (sometimes a little over-acting, but most of the time he was great). James Gandolfini, Joaquin Phoenix, Peter Storemare, Anthony Heald, Catherine Keener, and the rest of the supporting cast all pulled off solid performances.
Joel Schumacher really needs to stick with films like this. He really does a great job with thriller/drama type films (and needs to steer clear of certain super-hero films). Joel did a great job with this film and I look forward to his next work.
The only complaint I have about the film is the music. There were some times were the music was perfect or tolerable, but there were others where it was just horrible and detracted from the film. Some of the music in the film was too bizarre and didn't fit with the film.
Like I said, I wouldn't recommend this to everyone, but I thought this was an excellent film. I hope you enjoy the film. Thanks for reading,
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