Young drifter Sean Crawley leads a simple life, making a living as a house painter. That is, until he takes a job from shady construction mogul Ray Matthews… to bump off a city accountant who’s been making trouble for Matthews.
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A stronger screenplay could have tied this film's varying strands - classic noir setup, brutal revenge drama, and psychological study of an Everyman's descent into dehumanization - into a more cohesive whole. But this is one of the only American movies I've seen that can compare to the pitch-black transgressive quality of Asian filmmakers like Takashi Miike and Chan-wook Park. Who knew Stuart Gordon had it in him?
What a ride. It goes from thriller to horror to action to drama to romance and back to thriller and some more horror and action and... Gosh, it's so refreshing to be entertained by an american movie without feeling like you're watching a copy of something else.