Much, much better than my dumbass twenty-year-old self snidely remarked it was. Roundhouse kicks to Stuntman Mike all day!
Tonya lived in my apartment complex for a time, just after the incident. The events of her story and being from Portland, OR are so intertwined with my time in elementary school this is a difficult picture to divorce personal narrative from.
What I loved more than anything about the picture is how it dispels Portland's self-identified "hipster" moniker. Portland and the surrounding suburbs had all the ills of class disparagement, lack of diversity, and cliquish in-group/out-group of most places…
This film took multiple viewings, but am glad I persisted. The music, slow build up, erratic violence, and of course Bob Hoskins powerful performance make this an absolutely fabulous journey. It may not be a perfect picture, but every scene has something compelling, unique, and connected with progressing the picture.
Violent and powerful filmmaking.