Destination: failure. Like Mann's, Lang's and Melville's characters all of these characters were marked by destiny, by fate. For death. To suffer and then die alone. This puts to shame anything that Gray, Tarantino, Refn, Solondz or Dumont, have put out lately. So raging, so violent, so brutal, so uncompromising. I wonder if Taxi Driver shouldn't have a co-directing credit,'cos these shots, this tension: Schraderism▽
Just terrible. Schrader has written and directed some incredible films over the years and as a scholar of film has cemented his legacy in film history. Why he chooses to piss on that legacy here is beyond me. Without a point or purpose this film just dies on screen becoming such a chore to get through despite its manic performances and spurts of ultra violence. One almost pines for 'The Canyons'.
While the themes and talent hold promise, the script is an absolute disaster: an embarrassing litany of cliche, unnecessary subplots, voiceover narration, and uninvolving characters. Schrader should have rewritten the script to serve his own aims. The full, one star is solely for a gonzo scene of Cage imitating Humphrey Bogart.
Paul Schrader, working on a screenplay not by himself, has succeeded in making a 90s straight-to-video movie for the streaming era. This one really isn't trying very hard to make a case for its reason to exist. There must merely have been some vague idea at the outset about letting Cage and Dafoe let loose in as tasteless a context as possible, all in the name of good fun. Well, it is barely fun and seriously limp.
I've heard Schrader's voice in this movie: F**K!!!!!!!!!!!!! I F**KING KILL YOU, F**K, S**TF**KF**KINGF**K, F**KF**KINGF**K, F**KF**KF**KF**KF**KINGF**K, S**TS**TS**TS**T F**K....F**KIN'...F**K, hah, hah....heh....F**K.....S**T, heh....heh........F**KF**KF**KINGF**K. SHHHHHHHaaaaah, hah......hah, hah, hah......heh, ah................hah...........F**K, hah, hah,hahh, F**KF**K...........JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"