5 May 2008 | ma-cortes
Tense and suspenseful Neo-noir film with an exciting race against time
This Hichcockian movie deals with an accountant named Watson (Johnny Depp) arriving in L.A. Union Station accompanied by his little daughter named Lynn (Courtney Chase). He's approached by a pair of rare people (Christopher Walken, Roma Maffia). The daughter is taken hostage into a van and Watson suffers a blackmail , he's given a gun with six bullets and he must go to the Bonaventure Hotel and commit a murder on a known people (Marsha Mason) . Watson is only helped by a shoeshine worker (Charles S Dutton).
Gripping, original action movie with Depp desperately trying to find the means to avoid his daughter to be murdered. Excellent thriller full of intrigue and tense , this is a fast-paced, stylized action-suspense film . The tension of this picture keeps snowballing as the clock ticks ever close for killing the starring's daughter . The tale appears to be unfolded in real time as the many on screen clocks will verify. Most unusual is the device of having the victim play desperado and hunt the killers, and saving his daughter , as time runs out. Casting is frankly magnificent, Johnny Deep as a tormented businessman who becomes involved into a twisted plot , Christopher Walken takes honors as a psychopath who attempts to turn the tables on the victim before he can inform the police . Plus, a good secondary cast , such as Peter Strauss, Roma Maffia, Gloria Reuben, Marsha Mason, G D Spradlin, among them . Adequate musical score accompanying the action by Arthur B. Rubinstein and inventively photographed by Roy Wagner. The motion picture was well directed by John Badham. He's a nice director who achieved his greatest success in the 80s . He directed several hits (Saturday night fever, Short circuit, Blue thunder, Drop zone, War games, Skateout), though today making TV movies (Jack Bull, Floating away) and television episodes (Crossing Jordan ,Psych, Las Vegas , Standoff, Heroes).