A group of outsiders and drifters live in a run-down hotel in downtown Los Angeles. But there is trouble in this madhouse: one of the residents, the eccentric junkie Izzy, is pushed off the roof. Izzy proves to be the son of a multi-millionaire media boss, resulting in the arrival of an FBI agent.
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Despite its bad reviews, i liked it. It's sensitive, dark, romantic. I absolutely loved the opening scene - one of the best ones ever made. The photography/cinematography of that scene, and the way it was directed by Wenders, amazed me. I loved the soundtrack too - some songs are truly exceptional, as they fit the scenes, the atmosphere, the narration, perfectly. Jeremy Davies is great, and so is Milla Jovovich.
Best described as a tragi-comic romantic whodunit, this is definitely a love it or hate it type of film. The narrative is loose (even if comparatively tight next to other Wenders' films), but it's the unusual romance between Jeremy Davies (Tom Tom) and Milla Jovovich (Eloise) together with Wenders' skill behind the camera that really shines here. One of the German director's best? Without doubt.
Of all the awful films Wenders made after The American Friend, this one ranks up (down) there with the worst of them (his Lisbon Story is a special treat for those who want to see how low a once-great director can descend). This, waste of two hours of the viewer's life is as idiotic,pointless and unwatchable a film as has ever (dis)graced the cinema.
Due to my age, I revile certain elements of the "peak alternative 90s" aesthetics on display, but the film does some things well. I have—perhaps unfortunately—only seen later Wenders films, and even when the plot and acting are awkward, there is still some good production and craftsmanship going on.
(2.5 stars) Has its moments, but ultimately left me cold and uncaring.
It's obvious that the filmmakers want me to care deeply about this cast of crazies, but I just don't. Everything is competently made and crafted, with a lot of actors that I usually enjoy. And the plot was something I just wasn't invested in. I mean, the sum of all these parts I normally like... just didn't add up for me.