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The Limey

Regissert av Steven Soderbergh
USA, 1999


An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter’s death.

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The Limey Regissert av Steven Soderbergh
The film is shaped like John Boorman’s Point Blank, structured around an elemental case of paternal vengeance and crammed with Soderberghian texture and comedy. But it’s first and foremost a celebration of Stamp, whose incisive intelligence and no-fucks-given momentum through the plot is a welcome spectacle.
March 22, 2018
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[It’s] a brain-teaser, at times flirting with midnight movie stoner pretension, that somehow keeps both its storyline and its emotions clear, and that also happens to fulfill the requirements of the revenge thriller, as well as the more rarefied genre of melodrama in which old men look back on life and take responsibility for their failures.
September 14, 2015
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The first shot is as striking as any Steven Soderbergh ever forged. A hundred no less snazzy follow it… In times of mindless postmodernism, Soderbergh distinguishes between the reductive appropriation of an era (stunt casting, or a Che Guevara shirt, say) and the tenderly analytical embodying of it… This is assuredly Soderbergh’s masterpiece — the ache of missed chances and bad choices, the loneliness of vengeance, the search for true emotion in an ocean of ruthless fragmentation.
December 04, 2008
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  • Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film The Limey

    Possibly the worst edited and directed film since Zabriskie Point. Flash forwards, flash backwards, flash bloody sideways; slow-mo, fast-mo, every cliché in the book. Result? Confused irritation on the viewer's part. Two stars only because I'm feeling generous and because the excess of gratuitous violence made me giggle.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film The Limey

    Soderbergh's trademark efficiency in this late 90s gem is all too evident when characters are reduced to their basic essence (Peter Fonda's villain is "evil" because he's devoid of good; Terence Stamp's ex-con from England has only one plan: find the villain, make him suffer, smoke cigarettes). When screenwriter Lem Dobbs pursued Robert Aldrich to direct, he ignored Dobbs. Soderbergh, instead, ennobles his script.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film The Limey

    The Limey is one of those smaller great movies not a lot of people know about. It starts off damn strong but loses some steam by the end and is drenched in Soderberghness all throughout. (Namely the incredibly creative Poor Tom... samples used for the flashbacks) Terence Stamps voice seemed too refined and regal for the Cockney thing but he was great nonetheless. The warehouse scene alone is worth the watch.

  • Dave's rating of the film The Limey

    After finishing it, it seems like I should like it more than I do, but for some reason I just feel kind of ho-hum about it. The direction and editing are very good, but I was never as engrossed in the story as other people reacted to it. Can definitely appreciate the Soderbergh craft though, as well as give a shout-out to Luis Guzman who is always solid in his supporting roles.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Limey

    Soderbergh's approach places the audience inside the head of the central character, creating an inner-space where the revenge plot can develop as a series of potential 'what if...' scenarios, fuelled by memory and despair. The result is something like a cut-up, stream of consciousness psychodrama, created around the structural experimentation of The Underneath, cross-cut with the neo-noir formalism of Out of Sight...

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film The Limey

    One of those great small films that Soderbergh is so good at. It made me a fan of Terrance Stamp (especially his line delivery) and it makes very creative use of one of Stamp's early films. The film is still unknown and underrated enough to be a discovery to those of you out there who haven't seen it.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film The Limey

    Definitely one of the better Soderbergh films I've seen. Very well done. Terrence Stamp is excellent.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film The Limey

    Editing is a tossup like its high's and low's. The 'various-possibilities' cuts are creative if overused and the timeline-plays are annoying and useless. Stamp and Fonda are phenomenal, while the characterization is well-developed but slows the pacing and enjoyment down to take notice of its large uncreativity of its narrative elements. The climactic shootout and its resolution to their dispute are witty, though.

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