Set in 1960s London, James Fox plays Chas, a bisexual gangster on the run from his colleagues who is trying to disguise himself so that he can slip out of England. Chas finds a vast Notting Hill townhouse occupied by burned-out ex-pop-star Turner (Mick Jagger).
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Fackin' mental, this one here. The experimental editing of the first half has mixed results, coming off at times like Resnais minus the precision, but the second half is grade-A psychedelia. A rich and gnarly text.
Fox plays an enforcer for a gang like the Krays. He's uncontrollable, so he hides out with Mick Jagger, who is acting like a chick, hanging with chicks. First he turns into David Bowie (circa Low), which Mick likes, and then into a crap transvestite. Mick does a music video that's more Tommy than Hard Day's Night. Identities blur, sex is had, and we all head to Persia to live with the thieves in the mountains.
I get something new out of every viewing. Sometimes I like the first "gangster movie" half more...sometimes the 2nd "trippy'' half...depends. James Fox's best performance, the violent visuals, the style of the period it was made and the small details all make this one of the best movies you'd find in the "cult" section of a 90s video store.
A powerful, vibrant, and surreal piece of work from directors Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg must have been especially shocking when it was made (considering it was a mainstream studio film from Warner Bros.), but it still manages to rise above the psychedelia of its time to really pack a punch. Innovative filmmaking, with Roeg's trademark fluid camerawork and fast-cut editing, and a richly compelling story that goe