Normally a fan of Mamet and Kilmer, I found myself constantly asking “is that how people really talk?”
Mamet is an incredible writer, a prof with his dialogue even, but for me, it never really clicked for me. I appreciated the briefness if the encounters, and there’s some excellent direction, and even whole sequences. Not to mention the slow unraveling of an ever complicating plot, seeing and understanding it as the characters do.
That being said I never felt like I was let in enough to really feel these people. I understand that’s probably the point by tevennon something like that I think there’s a limit.
It is indeed an act of resistance, however, against the cheesy overdone action that corrupted cinemas in the mid 2000’s - and for that it is brilliant in its own way.