I was surprised to read such negative comments here on this movie, but there is no accounting for taste. Several find fault with the "cinematography" without going any further to explain what they mean by that. It was well-reviewed when it came out, and several of the External Reviews linked in here that I read were equally complimentary on this very aspect. This movie is both a glimpse of reality and fantasy, and it picks and chooses from both columns of that Chinese menu. It deals with manipulation, illusion, and chaos and is, in turns, manipulative, misleading, and chaotic. It has great energy which is owed to peak performances from the three principals and a story that is both intricately involved (a fugitive, impersonating a stunt man, who stands in for an actor...) and charmingly simple (leading lady falls for mysterious stranger). The interpersonal dynamics are dealt with in very realistic fits and start, and the action is peppered in perfectly to keep the frantic, kinetic momentum hurtling forward. The main character must cope with situations where he is off balance (figuratively and literally), misinformed, and not in control, and this makes me sympathize with him. We are all writing, acting, and directing ourselves in life, and a film on film-making is commentary on this. Overall, the movie is good fun that doesn't insult the intellect and is full of little artistic touches and tricks. The poster art does, after all, feature a devil at the camera, not an angel.
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