How does an alcoholic go about shoveling snow from his walkway?
I suppose the way that Frank Falenczyk does it, at the beginning of this movie, is as good a way as any. [He tosses his liquor bottle ahead of him, about 3 feet, and then shovels to it, takes a swig, and repeats the process, until his walkway is cleared] :-)Review:
While not the best John Dahl film out there, this one is still worth watching, just because.
If you are not familiar with John Dahl, he is a master director of noir type films - My favorite, of which, is probably Red Rock West. (which starred Nicholas Cage & Dennis Hopper)
Other John Dahl films include Kill Me Again (with Val Kilmer & Michael Madsen) - The Last Seduction (with Linda Fiorentino & Bill Pullman) - Unforgettable (with Ray Liotta) - Rounders (with Matt Damon & Edward Norton) - and Joy Ride (with Paul Walker & Steve Zahn)
I do not think that John Dahl has ever made a bad film. . .
As for this film, I can only tell you that it is quirky. It still has John Dahl's touch, it just doesn't have the usual twists & turns that I have come to expect from Mr. Dahl.
Ben Kingsley is perfect in the role of the alcoholic hitman, Frank, who after botching a hit, while drunk, ultimately feels the consequences of his actions.
When Frank relocates to San Francisco to "dry out" he gets a job at a mortuary, helping to make the dead bodies presentable.
Here, he meets Laurel, after her step-father ends up dying of a heart attack.
Laurel is played by Tea Leoni, who I really like - I do not know why, she is just cool. In my opinion, she doesn't get enough roles.
After falling for Laurel, Frank is open and honest with her, from the get-go. He tells her, up front, that he is a killer and a drunk, to which she replies - nobody's perfect. :-)
If you are already a fan of John Dahl, then you will like this movie.
If you are a fan of black comedies, then you will probably like this one too.