An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both into helping kidnap a rich boy for ransom money.
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Flipping the noir setting on it's head, Jim Thompson's story is set in the scorching desert and towns on the edge of sundown. Razor sharp dialogue and a fresh take on a rusty story, still the real revelation is Jason Patric. He completely inhabits Colli, genuine and sincere, chewing through every syllable of dialogue with that dangerous smirk and lazy whisper. This deserves so much more exposure.
Most philosophical neo noir I've seen, beating out Night Moves, and without sociopolitical pretensions; if you bunch it with the classics it's up there with Out of the Past, Mann's Raw Deal, Criss Cross and Where the Sidewalk Ends as an examination of what seems like fate but is actually just the brute, ultimately banal confluence of chance and character. May be one of the best post-Classical American genre films.
After Dark, My Sweet is the least known film from Ebert's Great Movies (discuss!). And having seen it now...How could it be this unknown? It's so great you'd want to give SPEED: CRUISE CONTROL another chance.
Easily the best adaptation of a Jim Thompson novel with this offbeat indie neo-noir. Jason Patrick's twitchy, dazed performance gets old pretty fast, but the rest of the cast - particularly the scene-stealing Bruce Dern - are top-notch. Subtly stylish with an unusual atmosphere and desert setting and genuine suspense and tension. One of the best of its genre.
great 90's hidden gem about a drifting committed man who finds himself on the run only to be taken in by a couple of strangers who have lucrative scheming plans in store for him. Jason Patric is fantastic because you don't know what he's going to do from scene to scene...stylish with southern noirish charm and a well written script