70/100 (Tüm sevenlerimden ilk izlediğimde verdiğim uçuk puan için özür dilerim. Bu filmin felsefesini yanlış anlamışım. Meğerse felsefesi Leon'dan öte değil. Her sözü doğruymuş gibi gösterilen başrolün "ülkenin tek sorunu genel evler ve serseriler" gibi sığ argümanlar kullanması, gerçek dışı mantık hataları, Hiçbir şekilde ruhsal değişimlerin yansıtılamaması tüm saygımı aldı. Devamı yorum..)
Emblematc of the explosive male paranoia in an alienated urban milieu, this is iconic of New American Cinema and its cynical and uncompromizing dissection/deconstruction of hitherto cherished US ideals. Entering the city's darkest alleys discloses Travis' own darkened mind set in a self-appointed mission of vengeance and redemption. Beautifully lit and acted with unfliching discipline by De Niro it remains topical.
Too often misinterpreted as just an overly graphic experience of misanthropy and "sartresque" loneliness, "Taxi Driver" is so ripe with juxtaposed grassroots motifs (suppressed/emancipated female, minority rights, war crimes, political populism, working class blues) it is both a deeply penetrative display of 70's urban America, as well as an everlasting case study on the birth of a radicalized individual.
4.6 stars. I had forgotten how bloody good it is! A film glutted with poison. Infernal. A shame that its moral ambiguities, political subtleties and sheer cinematic poetry have been so often reduced through memeification and bland pastiche. I remember watching this as a teenager and seeing Travis as a grown man but now, watching again at 30, he seems like just a kid. A blistering, riveting film.
Believable story about a city and "Hell on Earth". It feels like a honest character study where we see our taxi chauffeur driving through neon lit dirty streets of ungodly deeds. It also gives a good definition on how violence create violent anti-heroes. A dark and unhappy movie from the lowest side of civilization that both kicks and punches you in the face.