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Walken plays Carlo Bartolucci (also known in the movie as Charlie Barret), a mob boss recently returned from prison and having a night out on the town. During this he is joined by a group of college-aged kids also seemingly celebrating. As the night continues, these youngsters kidnap him.
After a few turns the kids motives are revealed: They're going to use Charlie's ransom money to pay off ANOTHER ransom, that of one of the kidnapper's girlfriends. What follows is a beautifully political example of Stockholm's Psychology as Walken's mob boss systematically turns each of the conspirator's against the other, all the while contacting his right-hand man, played by the fabulously energetic Dennis Leary.
Though this picture has many strong points, including a great plot, excellent scripting and superb acting, it has a few flaws that warrant a four-star rating rather than a five-star, in my opinion. First is the pacing. At times, the movie drags in places where it seems as if the writer wasn't sure what to do next. Though it swiftly recovers from these moments, they still occur enough to bring an impatient sigh or two.
Some of the cinematography is lacking as well, speaking characters are slightly blocked or transitions a bit questionable. There isn't any shaking camera or bad panning, just a few places where I think it could have been done better.Read more ›
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This suspense thriller is cleverly written, has very good performances, a greatly carried out plot, a little bit of comedy, and couple of great twists and turns. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Mars
Trust me on this, the rating of 4 stars on this movie makes absolutely no sense. The storyline is utterly ridiculous, the dialogue and cinematography are oftentimes cheesy and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
This film is my favorite Christopher Walken film. It's full of great writing for all of the characters, but especially Walken. Read morePublished 5 months ago by baceman007
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