This straight to video film deserved a lot more!
Zoe | Northfield, MN United States | 05/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this film (and then later bought the DVD) with fairly low expectations. I knew it was straight to video and low budget. I rented it because I am a huge Michael Wincott fan and he actually has a starring role in the film. Basically, there is a whole lot more to this film than you would think. It's about redemption, honor, deception, love, friendship, and the ability to make the right decisions and gambles to change your life, all tied together.... I thought Michael Wincott was brilliant in it (Diane Lane and William Peterson were also solid). I can't talk about my favorite scenes without giving away the end, but when his character, Frankie, sees what is happening, you see the realization on his face and it is heartbreaking. He rocks thru the end of the film. I felt his performance was extremely underrated - I'd never even heard of this film. Check it out."
L. M. Neel | White Mountains AZ | 06/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Diane Lane is either the character in real life or has beautiful, understated acting skills. Her performance is worlds away from acting, it is real life character. I've seen her in other films but this is truth. I enjoy subtlety and understement, she made the character sweet, sexy, accessible, and hot, the gitl accross the street from the girl next door. I am impressed."
katrina | USA | 07/06/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I've tried to get this dvd twice and the dvd was defective both times."
An interesting Noir Film!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 03/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A very dark film whose script is surprisingly effective and very, very original. An informer makes a deal, and he introduces in a mobster band as a simple writer who has lost his muse. his right arm will be a simple guy who obeys orders: extremely predictable with a clear of cultural ascendent. Our hero William Petersen much better actor than most of people believe makes a sharp portrait. He works out as a mirror image of Pygmalion and tries to open his eyes through a painstaking reading of Moby Dick with a lot of new discoveries about the life.
The drama completes its circle when Diane Lane a real Supreme Goddess, with natural talent and well gifted skills for acting eventually will be in a brief love affair with our informer. But Petersen is a very straightforward human being. And suddenly something simply doesn't fit where it should have been.
A thriller that keeps its cohesion and dramatic force from beginning to end. No fissures, good cast, excellent illumination and a very good cast. Lane and Petersen shine brighter with more intensity, obviously and establish a very good sexual chemistry.