Charlie Wolfe's (Simon Pegg's) car is a left-sided drive, whereas in Australia, one drives on the left, and automobiles are right-sided. The car is an Oldsmobile Toronado. See more »
The telescope the Webbs have in the living room by the window is a Newtonian reflector telescope, the kind with a mirror in the end of the tube. The way it is pointed it should be looking to the inside of the house, not outside the window. See more »
Fuck Me! I can't believe I'm going to die in this place. But, as far as headstones go, a man could do a lot worse. I'm Charlie Wolfe, and as I lie here waiting for death's cold embrace, I find myself asking the question, how the fuck did it come to this? I don't die, I thrive.
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Sorry for the pun in the header, could not resist.
Will make this review short and sweet.
Yes, indeed, it is possible to do a "film noire" in color with a modern theme. Look at BLUE RUIN (also reviewed by your humble scribe.) No seriously, go watch it, I will wait here patiently for you to come back. A truly great film, that one.
That said, this is not a successful attempt on par with Blue Ruin. This is not a successful attempt at all.
I have nothing against Pegg in a heavy dramatic role (other than the fact that viewers and reviewers seem to "assume" that if Pegg is in the film, this must be a comedy or a drama-comedy. I don't think so.) What I am against is any film that tries so hard to succeed it gives the viewer a giant headache. In fact the non-stop "caper film" sound track could give you a headache all by itself, assuming it was sold separately, which I hope never happens.
Three stories, three takes of the same story, an ending where the beginning should be -- heady stuff even if you actually ARE Quentin Tarantino.
Not for amateurs.
Loved the Toronado. Great car. The actors were all interesting and tried to do the best they could with the script. Wasn't enough.
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