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Journey to the End of the Night (2005)

Brendan Fraser , Mos Def , Eric Eason  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, Scott Glenn, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Alice Braga
  • Directors: Eric Eason
  • Writers: Eric Eason
  • Producers: Adam Shulman, Andreas Thiesmeyer, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KB48AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Journey to the End of the Night" on IMDb

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Encompassing a single, fateful evening in the sprawling megalopolis of Sao Paulo, JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT is a gritty, crime thriller about an illicit transaction gone awry. Two Americans in exile Rosso (Scott Glenn) and his son, Paul (Brendan Fraser) have been carving out a living in Brazil running a nightclub-brothel, but they both harbor dreams of getting out of the business once and for all. One night, it seems their prayers are answered when a customer leaves behind a suitcase in the club that contains the means for Rosso and Paul to change their fates. Rosso will take his beautiful, young wife Angie (Catalina Sandino Moreno) and their 5 year-old son Lazare to start over in a new city, far away. Paul will escape mounting debt, an escalating coke habit, and finally be rid of his father (whom he despises and blames for all of his problems). It all depends on one person: a Nigerian immigrant named Wemba (Mos Def) who must make his way safely through the perilous, nocturnal gauntlet of Sao Paulo.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty but entertaining thriller February 4, 2007
By MattW
This won't be everyone's bag, but it's set in the gritty and visually interesting Sao Paulo and is pretty riveting through out. The plot is a bit serpentine and perhaps a bit overly ambitious, but there are some pretty good performances and nice suspense. Mos Def in particular is very effective in his role; he continues to give interesting and challenging performances establishing himself as a reliable actor. Brendan Fraser plays against type and does a decent job as a drugged out on-the-edge criminal looking to escape the Brazilian underworld. Gritty, very grim, but entertaining and for the most part, well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick September 24, 2007
This movie started off so slow for me. I was a little concerned, but once again, I'm on a spree to see every single movie that Mos Def was in, so I hoped that he knew what he was doing when he picked this role. I shook my head when he started speaking in a Nigerian accent. That cat loves to speak in any accent but his own Brooklyn drawl, and even better, he does it so well. I wonder how people from South Africa would judge his accent because I thought it was on point (from my inexperienced viewpoint). Anyway, the movie is basically about five main characters who are trying to turn their lives around, but in every possible way, destiny is toying with their future as a drug deal goes on. The only character who seems to know how things will end is a psychic dude who is about as cool as he wants to be just from sitting in a chair. Every single person in this movie was perfect for their roles, and I love that they actually went to South Africa instead of setting up scenes. The grittiness, the temperature, the darkness, and even the extras could not have been any more authentic. This is the perk of going to the land where the film should be set. I love that the director picked out people who'd never acted in their lives because it gave new people a chance to act, and boy, did they do a great job. Of course Mos did not disappoint me, and I really enjoyed his character throughout the film. I was tickled by the bookkeeper/accounting debater, as well as the conversation at the desk between father and son. Although I initially had distaste for the bad guys, the film laced their actions together so then I was confused about who REALLY was the bad guys. Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising good story and excellently acted!!! April 10, 2007
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Even thought I have never heard of this movie,I just happened to find it when I was in the video Store and then I bought it. This movie a dark movie, fascinating, well acted, and well scripted. Mos Def's character is excellently performed, and Brendan Fraser played a character which is very uncharteristic of his other roles. You will be surprised!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Director Searching for his Signature March 3, 2007
For those of us who found much to admire and appreciate in Eric Eason's 2002 little powerhouse of a film MANITO that placed Franky G in the limelight as a sound actor inside that hunky exterior, the release of JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT held much promise. Unfortunately with moving into the arena of 'major features' with popular big actors in a script that is deeply in need of surgery proves a step too quickly taken. While it is easy to see Eason's intentions in this very dark (literally!) film, it is compulsively doctored with phony 'reality ideas' that misfire.

The basic story is a family of Americans who are deeply involved in the crime scene (brothels) of São Paulo, Brazil, intricately bound in their crime acts but both planning to escape the quagmire of the dingy life of the city and return to America. The father Sinatra (Scott Glenn) is living with Angie (Catalina Sandino Moreno - the star of 'Maria Full of Grace') and they have a small child: Sinatra's son Paul (Brendan Fraser) is also in love with Angie and plans an escape from the dregs of Sao Paulo after he manages to work a drug pass engineered by his father. The sale is to Nigerians who speak Yoruba and when the 'messenger' meant to pass the drugs for the money abruptly dies in a brothel with a transgender prostitute, the panic begins: who can make the pass that night? Sinatra hires a Nigerian, Yoruba speaking dishwasher Wemba (Mos Def) who agrees to take the drugs to the drop site and it seems Wemba is the only decent character to keep his bargain and his word. Paul is enraged with the death of the original middleman and ends up disfiguring the prostitute present at his death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good small budget film July 13, 2012
Journey to the End of the Night was pretty good for a smaller budget type film. I would not necessarily call it a low budget film, but not a large budget one either and it's really hard to tell by viewing it since it really does not appear to have a low price tag. The story was interesting and never got board watching it. Many of the smaller titled movies like this one that I have seen on Universal HD channel have been really good and better than more expense, popular ones you see in retail/rental stores. Think in my opinion it says that a large dollar amount does not guarantee a better movie.

Peter J. Miller
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
I only gave 3 stars as I thought it was disturbing to see the dog get Killed, and to many others it was a Dark movie not for teens only Adults I think I wouldn't watch this movie... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Liz.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fraser and Def at their best -
The acting is top notch by all the cast; I can't single one out - they all rock! The plot, however, is lame. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Bryan
2.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Disjointed film
I am a big Brenden Fraiser fan and that is why I purchased this movie. And as much as I hate to say it this movie was so bad it was painful. Read more
Published 16 months ago by KitchenSharkMama
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on mood
The strength of this film was in the mood created. I loved the use of colored lights and shadows in the gritty "slummy" streets and apartments of Sao Palo. Read more
Published 20 months ago by PJR
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the end of the night
This is an AWESOME movie, real interesting subject matter that keeps you guessing. I don't think I've ever seen Brendan Fraser do a part like this.
Published 20 months ago by Lori L. Trentham
2.0 out of 5 stars I got no enjoyment from this at all. It's an UGLY story.
To be honest, I decided to watch this because I really like Scott Glenn and Brendan Fraser and Mos Def and I enjoy crime thrillers. BUT, I'm sorry I did. Read more
Published 23 months ago by N. Gregg
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Interesting Crime Thriller in Sao Paulo
"Journey to the End of the Night" is a crime thriller set in the city of Sao Paulo, starring Brendan Fraser, Mos Def, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Alice Braga and Scott Glenn. Read more
Published on March 7, 2010 by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my buddy's sister
Bought by request becuase it's difficult to find in Australia and Canada. Easy to be an international pal with Amazon and vendors who ship things as fast as these guys did.
Published on August 6, 2009 by frubes
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