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Like many of Gibson's stories, this is hardly science fiction-- in fact, it's more purely noir than many other more noir-y looking films that come to mind. As such, it's about money, love, betrayal, women, memory, machismo--that sort of stuff. Having read the story after seeing the film, I'd almost say the movie was better, while still being true to Gibson's spirit: less of the narrator's whiny voice, more Fox; more mystery, less pseudo-futuristic-cosmopolitanism. And a much better finish.
The best part is really the much-maligned last quarter, which in its memory flashbacks leads you to discover for yourself who betrayed whom and why. The conclusion, if you care about these sorts of issues at all, is really quite sad and moving. Not knowing when it would end, I jumped up close to the TV to hear Argento's reply to Dafoe's last line. To end there shows that these guys knew what they were doing.
The plot is that Walken and Dafoe are going to make an Asian scientist fall in love with a call girl they've just met, Sandy. Sandy will bewitch the scientist and he will go wherever she wants him to go. Industrialists will pay Walken and Dafoe big money for the con. They in turn will pay Sandy a million dollars as her share. The question becomes though who is conning whom. While Dafoe is busy falling in love with Sandy, he doesn't follow through on tracing the various leads about her which come into his hands. One irony I couldn't get over was Dafoe being stunned by someone else's beauty, when, in his prime, he had to have been one of the most beautiful people on the planet.Read more ›
First of all, I think the film did a pretty good job of realizing the story. The characterization, dialogue, plot, themes and tone were pretty well represented for me. The tricky thing here is that the story is about 15 pages long and takes place entirely in a Tokyo Capsule Hotel, with the protagonist in a state of utter despair and ennui as he starts piecing together what went wrong through a series of flashbacks, all the while knowing that his time left is slipping away. Granted, that's not really going to flesh out a 90 minute feature, so I was willing to accept the way it's presented. Sometimes you have to make concessions when a book is filmed, and overall I don't think any of this compromised the integrity.
The acting was great, and they had some great dialogue to work with. Walken and Dafoe are as superb as you'd expect. One of the film's best strengths is the noiry con-man banter between the two. Honestly I didn't know much about Asia Argento (I kind of assumed she was Dario's daughter, and cynically thought, "great, nepotism from a B-movie zombie guy") but she really held her own with these two heavy-weights, really well for a young lady whose first language is not English. I didn't need any convincing that she could seduce anyone certainly, and it doesn't hurt that she's half naked a lot of the time. Not a fan of that tattoo though, too tacky for me.
The plot might be a bit inaccessible for some.Read more ›
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Confusing flashbacks, repeating the same scene over and over. Christopher Walken's annoying limp. Moving from city to city for no clear reason. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Buddy1492
Boring and Repetitive. Some scenes are showed over and over, and some lines are used over couple dozen times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Moutalib Bacchus
New Rose Hotel, I admit, is not actually a good movie (though it is). It lacks in dramatic tension and in substance, material. Why do some rate it up then? Read morePublished 9 months ago by rbrogan3
Please understand, this is an awful movie. But it might be the right kind of awful to entertain you. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kevin R Czarnecki
My main problem with the film was Asia Argento - though she's quite attractive, would she be enough to lure the scientist away? I really didn't think so. Read morePublished 16 months ago by francis lemfield
Story is confusing and not interesting. This was pretty painful to watch. The only good thing about this movie is Christopher Walken.Published on September 19, 2013 by MimiCupcake
This movie taught me a lesson.That being, don't rely on the first page of review critic's of the movie. Go about 4 or 5 pages deeper to get those peoples reviews. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by K.K
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