one of the strangest films i have ever seen solely because i'm not even sure if the film itself is aware of how strange it is. i think this is a movie where every aspect is in service of a sense of opaque and nebulous "coolness", and it's a marvel that even the king of cool abel ferrara can pull it off so well with a plot that seems so artifically important for how much of this film's runtime it takes up.
Another Ferrara's attempt searching for the lurid and the excruciating in a kind, but then finally he find all of those to be pointless endeavor and frankly, this is the result, as a manifesto; obfuscating not only the narrative but also the images, feels like he actually trying to break the convention of what cinema can bring with the totality of the blankness
Confusing cyberpunk science fiction drama with flashback and hallucinations. Asia Argento's numerous nude sequences is the strongest asset to the movie while Christopher Walken and Willem Dafoe seem so relaxed with the movie that makes me think it was improvised on the spot. It is not really bad, but it didn't manage to grab my attention.
After several viewings I'm very comfortable calling it not only Ferrara's supreme masterpiece, but one of the very best movies ever made, as Nicole Brenez sharply puts it : “Abel Ferrara is to cinema what Joe Strummer is to music: a poet who justifies the existence of popular forms.”
It's not as bad as it's made out to be. The acting is first class all round despite a pretty average script, Asia Argento is convincing as a prostitute turned actress, but it's just a shame that the whole thing plays out like a feature length soap opera episode from the future.