Bringing Out the Dead

Bringing Out the Dead ★★★★½

An incredible, incredible journey that skirts the edges of sanity with breathtaking vitality. From the very first scenes, Cage’s eyes and whole body seem fully locked into a mesmerizing performance—I was just bought in. I can’t remember another instance of the actor testing the outer limits of his “massive talent” in virtually every scene; this is a movie that allows him the space to do what he can do. What’s even more amazing is it’s just the most prominent of a whole cast-ful of career-best performances: Patricia Arquette, Tom Sizemore, John Goodman, Ving Rhames and especially Cliff Curtis are all superb. Masterfully edited too, with an electric soundtrack and riveting, if a bit too 90s, cinematography.

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