Lies and Illusions [Blu-ray]
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I cannot believe this movie is $19.99!! Do not waste your money, or your time.
Others have said it before, and I'll add to their claims: not even in a schmaltzy ironic way is this movie worth watching. Everything about it is disasterous. Slater's amazing author has one of the worst written acceptance speeches I've ever heard. The vicious gangsters make incomprehensible decisions. The gun fights are so poorly framed, directed, and edited they seem like jokes. The fight scenes are filmed chaotically, so that the actors and actresses don't have to do any fancy footwork, but this means they also make little to no sense. In one fight scene, inexplicably, the combatants decide to jump up on tables and engage each other from off the floor.
The acting, the plotting, and the special effects aren't even amateurish, because that makes it sound like someone, somewhere was actually trying when they made this film. Not so. Every single person involved in this mess of a movie seems to have done a half-assed job, and the only resulting illusion is the very idea that this thing is even remotely watchable.
Con's: Almost everything else. L&I began as an obviously low-budget, but possibly intriguing, character-driven thriller starring the excellent Christian Slater. I cheerfully accepted the attempt to portray, with only twenty extras, a crowd of hundreds at an awards ceremony in the opening scene. My popcorn was still warm and I expected that mysterious motivations and plot-twists were just around the corner. Unfortunately, disillusionment began to creep in before my popcorn cooled. The evil mobster's(Cuba Gooding) terrifying henchman turned out to be an elderly fellow with a poorly-dyed, ridiculous combover. Gooding's bad guy had all the malevolent ferocity of a sleepy Sunday School teacher. The kidnap scene which kicked off the plot was poorly choreographed, acted and shot. Nothing reasonable or convincing happened after that. There are just too many ways in which this movie went off the rails to do it justice in a review. Lies and Illusions deserves to be the subject of a full semester of study or a master's thesis on the pathology of a failed movie.
Its almost unwatchable the acting is so terrible..
This is the very bottom of the heap for movies I have seen..
Don't waste your time on money on this travesty of a movie.
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I now live in FL and I bought this movie so I could see my home in Spokane WA!Published 11 months ago by Lin Sobkowiak
A great movie and well written script with actors that play the parts well. If you like to be kept guessing till toward the end of how the movie will end, this is the one for you... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David West
Christian Slater is one of the best actor,his role in this movie is out standing and a great tribute to his work.Published 23 months ago by Roy Sexton