Directed by David Lynch
Written by Barry Gifford & David Lynch
Starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake, Robert Loggia
My Advice: Matinee.
Is the film coherent? Um. Almost. It took me 48 hours to even come up with a concept of what was happening here. For those of you who know me, you know that David Lynch is the only director whom I will tolerate pulling this kind of crap, much in the same way I tolerate James Joyce turning my life into a living hell. My Lynch Theory goes like this: All David Lynch movies are a statement on life. You are given a bunch of people, places and things that all seem like they should have some meaning or significance--but they don't. That's why Lynch's films are the way they are. But I digress. My take on a synopsis: Pullman could be Getty, Arquette could be Arquette, Blake is who the hell knows, and there's lots of cool Trent Reznor soundtrack material. That about sums it up. All the various cast members seem to go about their Lynchian way with little or nothing to stand them out from the material, but it's the supporting cast that shines. Blake's "Mysterious Man" is wonderfully creepy, and yes, once upon a time he was Baretta. Loggia makes for a great crimeboss whose penchant for hating bad drivers delivers a very incongruous comedic sequence. Also in attendance are Richard Pryor, who we love to see in anything, Henry Rollins, whose role as a prison guard is irony incarnate, and Gary Busey, who is in a very different and vulnerable character--a suffering father. Still there's just enough coherence to keep you wondering and keep your interest. Best on the big screen for the full effect. Consume alcohol afterwards.
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