Antagonizing conceptions of life and death among criminals. An stylish and multi-layered examination of that moment of truth, of coming to terms with the vague but terrifying notion of parting this world. Fantastic performances by the leading triad. Probably Frears' best and most underrated cinematic venture.
Like others have said below....really underrated. Terence Stamp welcomly less stoic then usual...he brought a lot to the car scenes. Hurt and Roth are great as well.
Just watched this with my father. He wasn't so impressed, but I enjoyed it enough to think it was worth my time. It's pretty clear cut, but the whole existential death blah blah was introduced rather abruptly and then we might have been lead to think that this pondering on death was what the film was actually about. Whatever. Enjoyable enough, worth watching.
I enjoyed the film - especially the performances of Hurt, Stamp, Roth and del Sol all around - but I'm rather disappointed with the ending which, as well staged and elaborated as it is, feels thumbtacked upon the flow of the story (felt like something else should've happened rather than a violent breakdown). That and the appearances of Eric Clapton and Fernando Rey are all too fleeting to be fully appreciated.