Highly stylistic drama in the vein of the Pusher Trilogy or Scorsese's Mean Streets. Like those, its affectations in mood and expressionism contribute towards a lasting aesthetic impact. Though at times over the top or on the nose, its narrative fails or triumphs are shrouded by emotion and therefore become a minor player of the film's cinematic reach. 81/100 - Great.
RAW in every sense of the word. Harvey Keitel's best performance ever as this fascinating asshole of a protagonist. The moments of silence, the christian motifs, the cinematography, Keitel. So f*** (excuse me) great. This film could be seen as a spiritual sequel to Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" and "Taxi Driver". Which also starred Keitel. A strong 4.5 (or maybe a 5 one day)
Ancora una volta una pietra miliare del cinema mi lascia insoddisfatto, vittima forse delle mie troppo alte aspettive. Harvey è eccezionale e la regia è valida, ma la sceneggiatura troppo ripetitiva. La storia è una continua staffetta tra droga, baseball, scene del crimine e riprese in macchina. La scena del pianto rivolto a Cristo è memorabile. "Bene, ma non benissimo" come dicono, beh, quasi tutti ormai.
though there's some amazing moments and Keitel is brilliant throughout it, I can't shake the sense that something's missing - it's complex without showing much. we jump from theme to theme (which the horrible editing supports) without getting a full grasp of what to really take from each scene. I'll need to rewatch it, though. what I got from it, I loved. I just wish it had more to show.
One of the wildest cop films. Trainspotting's junkies are babies compared to Harvey Keitel's character. His animalistic performance itself makes this film classical. But it also has this charm of dirty cold-coloured New-York and several expressive psychedelic episodes.