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Where the film falls down is in the weak performances of two of the most important characters, played by Matt Dillon and Faye Dunaway. Both performances are one-dimensional and affected (and Dunaway has the complexion of a Barbie doll - plastic). The rest of the cast has little to do but make the most of what they have (especially M. Emmett Walsh).
See this movie. There are a lot of worse and more successful movies out there than this one. Quality's very rare these days. So make the most of it.
Sounds like the nay-sayers don't like psychological thrillers that are intentionally yet methodically paced in such a style that keeps us guessing and on the edge of our seats.
The film deals with a botched heist (not the sort of story-line that is exactly lacking in Hollywood these days) and the relationships between the three main criminals. What we see is the thin lines between loyalty and survival, and the great lengths some will go to ensure their own preservation, even at the expense of those closest to them.
There are moments in intense drama throughout the film, and a climax that you probably won't see coming, but overall, Albino Alligator reminds me of that glass of water in the middle of the night. It's refreshing, but if you weren't so tired and were able to pour a glass of something else, you would. This is lazy-day-watch-it-on-IFC entertainment, not go-out-of-your-way-to-rent-it entertainment.
A gang of crooks. The perfect plan. It all goes wrong. They're in trouble. The police are outside. They're cornered. What are they gonna do now?
The movie seems like it's trying to be a combination of the acting workshop, the "indie" film and the theater.
It's the kind of things that actors love--it's kind of like a workshop or a play because it mostly consists of tight focusing on the actors acting... acting angry, tense, scared, conversing, scheming, planning--giving the performers a lot of free range to really ham it all up.
A trio of crooks, one leader, one goon, one brother, come up with a big heist scheme... and a monkey wrench is thrown into the works. To top things off, there's a bit of a "fender-bender" and one of the crooks in flung through the back of the windshield.
The cops are on their tail and they stumble into a bar named poetically (and leadenly) "Dino's Last Chance."
Spacey, as a director, tries to keep the focus on the actors' performances and delivery of dialouge. He pans over to a bright passion-red cigarette ad of a smoking and smoldering Bogart. And he keeps all the violence off-screen, really.
I think that was a mistake. Focusing on the intensity and gruesome violent scenes would have given the movie some edge.
The problem with the movie is that it moves too slow and suffers from miscasting in almost every role. Matt Dillon ("Drugstore Cowboy" and "Wild Things") seems too young and too idealistic to be the leader of this gang.Read more ›
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Great movie that nobody has heard of. Strong acting...one of the best that came in the wake of Pulp Fiction.Published 6 months ago by silent tristero
Twist turns and unexpected. Gary Sinse directed this and Viggo Mortensen has a small part as an everyday guy.Published 11 months ago by AZ girl
I saw this in the theatre with a friend who didn't want to see it at all. He loved it, and so did I. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Bernard M Lynch Jr
I like very much Gary Sinise.
He is a good actor and can very well play good or bad guys.
rent this first. storyline no good and acting not very well done. boring and very slow all thru the moviePublished on October 29, 2011 by dvd bill
A stake out, a botched robbery, a chase and finally, three bad guys holed up in a basement bar with a bunch of hostages. But they are not the only bad guys in the bar. Read morePublished on December 18, 2010 by John Peter O'connor
There are some movies out there that, in my opinion, exist to give us faith in the movie industry. After years and years of main stream fluff (a family friendly term) and the... Read morePublished on November 25, 2007 by Austin
There's a superb cast assembled here. You have Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise, Viggo Mortensen, Joe Mantegna and several others. Read morePublished on May 23, 2006 by Lisa Shea
I was drawn to buy this movie because of it's cast. The movie revolves around three desparate second rate crooks that get themselves in a mess and end up taking a tavern's patrons... Read morePublished on August 15, 2005 by man_from_earth
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