Movies that are slightly off.
Harry Angel has been hired in seach for the truth. Pray he doesn't find it.
The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre, to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul.
Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, a 1950's chain smokin' gumshoe private detective, hired by the devilish deceiving devious Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre, to locate a missing person who owes Mr Cyphre a debt. Harry soon realizes this is much more than a missing person case, and he finds himself the number one suspect in a series of grizzly murders. Harry learns the hard way that sometimes people make the wrong deal, with the wrong person. Angel Heart is from genius director, Alan Parker, and features a moody blues New Orleans jazz soundtrack, witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography, voodoo, chickens, and a smokin' hot Cosby kid. Now, who wants a deviled egg?
Have you seen Mickey Rourke lately? Yeah, he's…
Written and directed by British maverick Alan Parker (‘Midnight Express’, ‘Pink Floyd The Wall’, ‘Mississippi Burning’) adapted from the novel ‘Falling Angel’ by William Hjortsberg ‘Angel Heart’ is a mystery pastiche of hardboiled detective film noir and psychological supernatural occult horror.
Very stylish the movie is dripping in atmosphere with shocking imagery, wonderful cinematography and an excellent blues/jazz soundtrack. It is chock full of great highly memorable scenes thanks to a tight script and innovative direction and a career best turn from Mickey Rourke in a breath-taking performance playing the character of a seedy, unpleasant and shabby looking private detective. The ever-brilliant Robert De Niro supports Rourke greatly and when the two are on screen together, it is an awe-inspiring…
Alan Parker is one of Britain's most accomplished directors, but apparently unknown to a lot of our overseas LB'ers. He has missed the odd step or two in a film career than was kicked off by the musical Bugsy Malone back in 1976, but when he's on song he makes appealing films that have straddled many genres. Both Mississippi Burning and The Commitments are five star films that capture both the racial hatred of the Deep South and the jet black comedy of Ireland's working class. He's done it all, and although Angel Heart may rank 4th or 5th in his canon of work, it's still a creepy horror mystery with some uncomfortable scenes and two stand out…
Perfectly paced and with a language, scenario and performances worthy of a good deceitful and dangerous noir, Parker directs a chilling puzzle thriller with scary demonic aspects one year before Mississippi Burning (1988). Set in a 1950s Brooklyn, Mickey Rourke plays private detective Harry Angel, who is hired by a mysterious man, Louis Cyphre, to investigate the whereabouts of Johnny Favorite, supposedly because of a personal debt that he has with Cyphre. The only task of Angel consists in reporting anything he can find about Johnny Favorite, whether he is alive or dead, and if he is alive, where. Things begin to turn nasty and disturbingly ritualistic as Angel's investigation goes deeper.
With an assaulting imagery and an unprecedented genre…
At the point where the name Louis Cyphre appears on screen/is said, I just gave up. This is a film that is utterly absurd. I enjoyed it, for the most part, though I am not sure it ever once made any sense at all. It's one of those films that portrays a New Orleans that only exists in the minds of people who've seen it on television, and that's fine as far as it goes. It feels like the actors are at least rolling with it, and the hamminess just adds to the charm more than distract from anything. There's not much to distract from.
There are hints, here and there, of a racial message in the film, but it…
With Angel Heart it's comforting to discover that, even in his prime, Mickey Rourke has always looked like hammered shit. He also acts his ass off in the lead, as do the supporting cast including a particularly wicked turn from Bobby De Niro.
This is a really well shot little mystery that continually surprised me with each new character, location and direction it took. From New York to New Orleans every scene literally drips with atmosphere and its decent into the fantastical hit my sweet spot. Highly recommended.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur should've watched this and taken notes on how to do the exact same twist they tried in High Tension. Because in this film it's not retarded. Will write a real review when I rewatch this.
(8/8 is "Great")
Fantastic movie. Rich, dark, occult, gothic atmosphere within dirty, dusty, trapped spaces, a fantastic brooding and dark synth jazz soundtrack and a good mystery with occult and ontological elements.
I could say more about it but I think it's best enjoyed personally.
P.s. > Makes a good companion piece to Jacob's Ladder
I got a thing for chickens.
Angel Heart es una adaptación literaria con un par de roles memorables de Mickey Rourke y Robert Deniro, se filmó en parte en New York y rápidamente se enfila hacia Louisiana, con lo que le aprovechó al canon de las llamadas películas de gótico sureño e hizo un interesante crossover del pulp noir con vudú, blues y horror pagano. Pero más allá de esta capa estilística no hay muchos otros aportes que se le hagan al libro del que extrae su inspiración. Los simbolismos aparecen deletreados y los giros de la trama son tan anticipados que tras la primera hora ha agotado toda tensión y por si fuera poco, el ritmo se vuelve raro y torpe en la medida que…
"How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise?"
This is Se7en, The Usual Suspects, The Machinist, Shutter Island, etc. before they existed.
A creepy, cold film full of fucked up images, disturbing storytelling, and haunting sounds all leading up to a nightmarish conclusion; taut filmmaking.
It's definitely one of those films you gotta see more than once to catch everything.
Great art direction and tonality.
Some moments seemed stretched, but I don't really care - I don't want to give this underrated gem/heart/necklace anything less than 5 stars.
Mickey Rourke's best performance, until he went straight down.
I have a thing with chickens.
The ending to this thing is insane.
A lot to take in.
Can't say much else about it.
The ending really changes the entire movie.
"How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise?"
I think the mark of a great movie is that it sticks in your memory and really makes you think about it. I watched Angel Heart last night and I'm still running through the plot in my head.
It's a movie that you want to watch again once you've finished it the first time. Once watched I kept mulling over the nuances of the story because the ending is the kind of ending that makes me view the previous events of the movie in a different context entirely.
It's a private detective/noir psychological horror film with overt dark religious/voodoo undertones. This movie has a fantastic amalgamation of genres, themes and ideas, and has brilliant performances from Mickey Rourke and Robert DeNiro.
Interesting take on the devil getting his dues.
De Niro peels that hard-boiled egg much too quickly. Have you ever picked the shell off a hard-boiled egg? Takes forever if you're trying not to split the egg apart. Sometimes you get lucky and that film between the shell and the egg meat takes a large section of the shell with it, but usually peeling a hard-boiled egg is pretty time consuming.