Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Vengeance knows no boundaries.
Wilson (Stamp), recently released from a British prison after serving nine years for armed robbery, travels to Los Angeles to investigate the death of his beloved daughter Jenny (Melissa George). It was reported that she died in a car accident.
Soderbergh's overlooked gem. General Zod hell bent for revenge against the Easy Rider music mogul responsible for his daughter's untimely demise. A not-so-fat Luis Guzman sporting a Che t-shirt. A young and restless soap starlet takes a bath. A promise kept. A bodyguard takes a tumble. Bill Duke's eyes. Nicky Katt as Stacy the Hitman; playing pool and owning every scene just like he did as Clint in Dazed. A wicked climax. A justified conclusion. You don't fuck with Terence Stamp.
Terence Stamp gives it some welly stickin' it straight up the yanks like a true guv'nor. None of this muckin' about malarkey. He goes an' sticks the boot in where it 'urts. Bosh. Get in there son. See, Wilson is propa old shool, nawotimean? Got a bit of class about him like. Y'know, nice threads, lookin' sharp. A propa gent.
Don't think he's a mug tho. He'll steam rite in there and give 'em a couple slaps if needs be. Sort 'em rite out. You can't blame 'im can ya? You'd do the same wouldn't ya? Anyone 'urts the family they need to be sorted. Can't 'ave that. He didn't spend all that time doin' bird (lime - Time) for…
At its core The Limey is a good crime revenge film with good performances from Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda. The story is intriguing, there's quite a bit of gun play going on and there's even humor thrown in here and there thanks to Stamp's use of the Cockney rhyming slang. My favorite scene is when Stamp is talking to a DEA agent, going on a hilarious tirade about how to act accordingly. The editing and Stamp's performance make this scene really great. But the style employed throughout the movie is a bit too much for me. The editing is jumping back and forth to another scene while the sound (including dialogue) from the initial scene remains; or vice versa.…
Tell him I'm fucking coming!
Man I love this movie, one of the most important movies of my life, seeing this made me love Soderbergh, and you know how it goes from there. Between the Dobbs script and Soderbergh's direction a fantastically entertaining experiment in noir storytelling unfolds with a brilliant lead performance from Terence Stamp that breaks your heart by the time of denouement. Simply wonderful.
If you come to this film expecting a straight-forward revenge thriller then you're either going to be pleasantly surprised or a bit disappointed.
Soderbergh's The Limey tells a simple tale of a man looking to avenge the suspicious death of his daughter, but it plays out as more of a character study of a man who regrets the criminal choices he has made, missed his daughter's childhood and is now too late to put it right. The irony is, he now has to resort to that criminality to get to the bottom of her fate.
The tone is elegiac despite an energised turn by the great Terrence Stamp. This is clear from the innovative stylistic structure. The film is told…
The first shot -- Terence Stamp tying his tie as the image comes gradually into focus and The Who's "The Seeker" revs up -- is as striking as any Steven Soderbergh ever forged, and a hundred no less snazzy follow it. The admitted influences are Boorman and Resnais, others include Mike Hodges, Cervantes, and Harry Callahan's color photography. Stamp is a trim Cockney specter, just out of jail and landing in Los Angeles to avenge his late daughter, a wayward bird "with fondness for dangerous men." The editing achieves a cubist effect to reflect the fractured mind, and to set off the occasional remarkable long-take: Following a beating from a gang of hoods, the protagonist rises from his ashes, produces…
Re-watched with the commentary between Soderbergh and screenwriter Lem Dobbs. Almost as entertaining as the movie itself, Dobbs calls out everything he thinks is wrong with the movie (which is pretty much everything that wasn't in his script). It's an interesting view into the movie making process and also what it must feel like for every screenwriter that gets a movie made that didn't completely match their vision.
TELL HIM I'M FUCKING COMING
A good watch for the patient cineast. Terrance Stamp plays an intense yet very cool cockney father of a murdered woman, looking for her killer so he can have his revenge. The story here is a pretty simple one of revenge but Soderbergh's filmmaking and the unique way the film is edited make this stand out more than others.
Glad I gave this flick another chance. The first time I saw it was in 2005. I was 18. This is not a movie for 18 year olds.
Just amazing. Definitely one of Soderbergh's best.
"The Limey" underwhelmed me.
Wicked script, performance and editing - The Limey is a fun and short little crime romp that is sure to entertain and please anyone that views it. Sodorbergh makes many interesting choices in his telling the neo-noir story he is weaving, it does feel at times he using the editing to cover up what is a fairly straight-forward plot, but when push comes to shove he has the film moving in the right directions. The film hinges on Stamp's performance and it is staggering that such a talented actor still remains underrated when he has delivered work like this - he chews through dialogue like he belongs in the 1940s and you don't doubt for a second his character's purpose. It is a fun film, one I can see myself revisiting often.
Taut, incredibly well structured, super cool and stylish thriller supported by great performances. And by the movie's end, it leaves you colder than a bad date.
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- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
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For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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