Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.Written by
Director Spike Lee said that his version of the film was 140 minutes long (mostly character build-ups and interactions), but the studio heavily edited it down to 104 minutes, cutting out over 30 minutes of footage. Lee disowned the film as a result. This is why the film opens with "A Spike Lee Film" instead of his more personal trademark "A Spike Lee Joint". Josh Brolin preferred Lee's version. See more »
After being imprisoned in 1993, Joe turns on the TV and as he surf the channels a fragment of Xena: Warrior Princess is seen, but Xena did not start on TV until late 1995. It is thought that this is an anachronism, but this is the first in a series of scenes that montage the passage of the twenty years incarceration. It is not clear how much time has passed between his imprisonment and being framed for the murder of his former partner, from whom he has become estranged for some time, but it is more than a few days and less than a few years given the next chronological news snippet. See more »
Let's go motherfucker, me and you, man to man come on. SHIT.
You want some get back, let me off this table so you and me can go at it motherfucker. What do you say how about it?
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Woody acting and product placement ruined this movie for me. i'm not sure how he did it, but spike lee even manged to make 20 years in captivity feel rushed and uneventful. to elaborate further, there was ZERO character development, everything felt pushed along, including the 20 years in the room. he was just a pitiful alcoholic for YEARS, then "EPIPHANY", a five minute montage of getting clean and getting in shape annnnd he's out. there was no passion to it, there was no empathy that you get from the original, you don't feel sorry for him. he's just a sociopath on a revenge spree. although, i think the big ending twist was done well, the overall movie was a snooze fest. they even managed to make a pivotal scene, the hallway fight, BORING and pushed along.
everything the main character is, is because of that room, his life, his persona, his transformation, and his realizations. it had no heart. the subtlety and nuances of the original are just lacking. like i said, you you don't care about the characters, you're just waiting to see what happens next...and what made it even worse, is that i KNOW what's going to happen next, but dammit, i wanted my money's worth.
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