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Minnie Driver, James Spader. An explorer stops at nothing to find the cache of diamonds her parents where searching for, but this scheming film ends with a twist. 2000/color/97 min/R.
Minnie Driver produces and stars in this sometimes unusual but largely familiar and undercooked crime thriller, a project seemingly aimed at hardening her good-girl image with a touch of the femme fatale. She plays Trina, the surviving daughter of a couple who spent their lives searching the Mexican desert for a fortune in lost diamonds. What a shock when a pair of escaped convicts (James Spader, chewing on an accent that could make him Ratso Rizzo's long-lost son, and Josh Brolin) stumble onto her camp, dragging the treasure behind them. Completely obsessed with the diamonds, she turns ruthless in her pursuit--these boys are rank amateurs next to Driver's hardened schemer. Director-cowriter Christian Ford carves the film out of sharp, sun-blasted colors that seem to bleach out over the course of the film, but the script's blatant echoes of Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Greed (including characters named after author Frank Norris and Greed protagonist McTeague) never allow the film to establish its own identity. Brolin turns in a fine performance as a holy innocent on the wrong path, and Stuart Wilson is excellent as the narrator and Trina's desert-rat protector, an ambiguous, dangerous figure always on the periphery of the story. The story concludes in a clever climax of dark irony, but the rest of the film is less satisfying--not quite predictable but never very surprising. --Sean Axmaker
this was one oddest movies.. I just love Minnie in this one as she plays a different type of person. Read morePublished 26 days ago by LynnDee H.
SPADER WAS GREAT!
after watching THE BLACKLIST, i've become a huge spader groupie, so i've started following all his films. so, i read he's in this one, right? Read more
Since the Chinese has already written every plot known to man long before Europeans discovered the country, the fact that this movie is a remake of a classic does not detract from... Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by Barn Marm
I will not spend time dissecting each action and try to compare this to a combination of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948), and "Legend of the Lost" (1957). Read morePublished on November 11, 2004 by bernie
Just like the title, it was slow but it had its moments! I enjoy Minnie Driver's acting but I bought it because of Stuart Wilson who as usual, does such a superb job! Read morePublished on November 8, 2001 by Carolyn Downing
I watched it and was really surprise at how the plot thickened and kept me wondering what was gonna happen next. Read morePublished on August 18, 2001 by Walter P. Kramer