A crystal-meth addict struggles to get his next fix as he obsesses over a recent breakup in Spun, a black-comic drug drama from music video director Jonas Åkerlund. _Rushmore_’s Jason Schwartzman stars as Ross, a young man who finds his maniacal world crumbling around him over the course of one long weekend. Spun chronicles Ross’ travails as he tries to score from his regular dealer, Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), who realizes during Ross’ visit that he’s misplaced his stash. Indisposed by the frantic drug search, Spider Mike’s girlfriend, Cookie (Mena Suvari), enlists Ross to pick up her stripper friend Nikki (Brittany Murphy) from work, and when he grudgingly agrees, he learns that Nikki might have an inside line on some of her own speed, courtesy of The Cook (Mickey Rourke). Meanwhile, two bumbling cops are onto Spider Mike’s trail, and in his paranoid-delusional state, he sets out to find out who set him up. Spun premiered at the 2002 CineVegas Film Festival before securing berths at the Sundance, Toronto, and South by Southwest festivals.
Jonas Åkerlund (born November 10, 1965) is a Swedish film and music video director. He is best known for his stylish music videos, which are often mock forms of movie trailers and short films. His video for Madonna’s song “Ray of Light” won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form, and a record seven awards at 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, including the Video of the Year.
Åkerlund was a member of the Swedish black metal band Bathory from 1983 through 1984. He first found fame as main video director for Swedish pop act Roxette. In 1998 he worked with Madonna for the song “Ray of Light”, he has since worked with superstars such as Metallica, Christina Aguilera, U2, Blink-182, P!nk and Lady Gaga. He directed the music video for the Smashing Pumpkins’ single Try, Try, Try, from which a short film Try was spawned. He also turned his hand to designer and photographer for the Roxette album Room Service in 2001. In 2002 his first full length movie, Spun debuted. He directed recent adverts… read more
A movie that grows richer with every viewing. Purely over-saturated satire with every bit of pathos underneath it all so that it doesn't lose its human touch. The direction is frantic and trippy - and the performances of the entire ensemble (most specifically the dynamite work of Rourke and Murphy) knock it out of the park.