An almost-orthodox mafia drama, with elements of a blockbuster action movie. The bad thing is, none of that appears to be what director was going for. Watch it as an action packed stand-off in Chinatown and you'll feel cheated. Watch it as an insight in war veterans' coming together with lost past and you'll feel disappointed.
Overuse of cliches and cheesy love line give the film a bitter taste in the end. Its strongest points are in inventive cinematography and sound/music usage (except sex episodes). And witty dialogues along with ferocious action seem to forestall the 00's wave of Korean cinema.
Michael Cimino, Oliver Stone and Mickey Rourke lunge for viewer's throats with this ferocious, kinetic, uncompromising, fast and brutal thriller! Rourke is in peak form playing the volatile Stan White, swaggering about, throwing his hat around for emphasis as he battles the whole world. "Dragon" takes off like a rocket during it's violent set pieces. It's blunt crime cinema of superior force and propulsive intensity.
Cimino goes pretty far by making a gangster movie that serves as a metaphor for the Vietnam war and studies racism trought the very complex character of Mickey Rourke, who you don't really like, but still care for his goal. The cinematography is simply gorgeous and the action is spectacular. There's no doubt this inspired a lot of 90's gangster flick, especially King of New York.
Grandissima pellicola di Cimino,che ha il talento e la mano necessaria per far convivere sullo schermo lo stridente ossimoro violenza-eleganza.Rimandi evidenti al suo cinema(l incubo Vietnam),ignoranza vivida e tangibile ma mai gratuita,scontro razziale(ed economico)a livelli davvero alti.La gestione dello spazio scenico è grandiosa,con un'alternanza tra coralità e individualità vista poche altre volte.Vero Cult.
The bold decisions feel applied with a paintbrush. Thus adorned, Stanley clashes against crime in reverse, wherein he and everyone he interacts with are thrust into tragedy, this a consequence of behavior and universal truths rather than whims of frivolity. Smartly directed, beautifully masked.