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An intrigued couple tags along on a trip cross-country with a writer researching serial killers.
David Duchovny is a blocked author with a fascination for outlaw killers who hatches a plan to road trip through America's mass-murder landmarks to finish his book. He enlists his frustrated photographer girlfriend Michelle Forbes, who desperately wants to leave the East Coast for L.A., to illustrate the tome, and they advertise for riding partners. Luckily for them, they wind up with a veteran killer, the greasy trailer-park ex-con Brad Pitt, who decides to skip parole with his cowering child-woman girlfriend Juliette Lewis. Duchovny is enamored by gun-toting Pitt's recklessness and lawless disregard for, well, everything; he's simultaneously terrified and thrilled by Pitt's brutal beating of a barfly. Meanwhile, Pitt's leaving a trail of corpses in their wake.
Directed with a cool remove by Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds 2000), Kalifornia falls somewhere between Badlands and Natural Born Killers. Pitt brings a ferocious magnetism to his part, but it's still hard to buy genial Duchovny's odd attraction; Juliette Lewis conveys a terrifying sense of victimization with her poor dumb creature. Despite the film's best efforts, it never really plumbs the psyche of Pitt's simmering psycho--he's just plain bad, you know--but it does fashion an effective little thriller out of the tensions brewing in the restless quartet. --Sean Axmaker
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This is a review of the blu-ray and the transfer is crisp with great sound. Much better than the dvd version.
A case where the visceral scenes stand out even more coldly because of the hi-def somehow enhancing their effect.
The idea that someone would actually want to share expenses while being forced to visit old murder sights should have given the good guys a clue that maybe the would attract the wrong kind of people. And they do.
Okay, the ending is the typical happily ever after ending, but if you catch the subtle nuances throughout the movie, you will realize that maybe it isn't happily ever after for the good guys.
In order to fully appreciate this movie, you have to see it more than once. I own the movie, and yet I still pick up on things that I missed before. That's how subtle some things in this movie are. You aren't necessarily given all of the answers. Yes, you see people killed and all that stuff, but there are other things going on in the background which separate this movie from a typical murder movie.
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Nothing more. There's no substance whatsoever. I recorded this movie a while ago. I finally watched it.Read more
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