The Two Jakes
Collector's Edition, Special Collectors Edition
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Jack Nicholson returns as private eye Jake Gittes in this atmospheric Chinatown follow-up that's hit upon "the elusive sequel formula for somehow enhancing a great original" (Mike Clark, USA Today).Much has changed since we last saw Jake. The war has come and gone; 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks. But there's one thing Jake knows hasn't changed: "Nine times out of ten, if you follow the money you will get to the truth." And that's the trail he follows when a routine case of marital hanky panky explodes into a murder that's tied to a grab for oil--and to Jake's own past.
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JJGitte, now known as Jake has moved to a fancy, large building with a lot of employees. He has the money, and heis still involved in the marriage business, the adultery portion. Another Jake, played by Harvey Keitel, approaches him wanting assistance with a wife who is involved with someone else. Again, not is all as it seems, in fact it is nastier, but sometimes, as we learn, the bad guys are good guys in some aspects.
Our Jake is still mourning Evelyn Waybrow,who died in 'Chinatown'. He is engaged to a fiancée, but not so much. Big oil, developments have taken over the orange groves. Big business and money, bad guys and oil are the name of the game. No real surprises in this film, except for one, which I guessed quite soon. The film moves along as our Jake tries to find the reason for murder and at the same time, hide his recordings.
A lot of people critiqued this film. Jack Nicholson directed and starred in it. I think it is a very credible film. Not as god as 'Chinatow', but then, nothing ever could be. Meg Tilly plays a riveting part. Madeline Stowe, much to my surprise, was a terrible actress in her role. Jack was Jack,always brings it in. Wish there would be a third film to is trilogy, but the time may have passed.
Recommended. prisrob 05-19-13