Saturday, November 27, 2010

U Turn (1997)

Director: Oliver Stone

Starring: Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Powers Boothe, Nick Nolte, Bo Hopkins, Julie Hagerty, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, Laurie Metcalf, Liv Tyler

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Expect the Unexpected.

Plot: A drifter becomes entangled with a femme fatale and her husband after his car breaks down in their small Southwestern town.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yup.

Great flick and probably Oliver Stone's most underrated film. It's funny as hell, the performances are great (especially Thornton who steals the show - but not for lopez. Ugh.) AND IT'S OVER TWO FUCKING HOURS! I'm not exactly sure what needs to go but tighten this sumbitch up and you've got yourself a solid winner. The only thing the 125 minutes do is make you feel like you've experienced everything Sean Penn has and you feel like he does in the last seconds before the credits roll - dead tired. Outside of the unreasonable length, it's a wonderfully dark comedy with some bizarre performances. Think of it as Stone's attempt at a David Lynch film...but coherent.

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