Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Deadfall (1993)

How bad is it? It has Nic Cage's most over-the-top acting... and nothing else.
Should you see it? Only if you're wondering just how bad Cage can be.

This is a neo-noir, filmed adequately, about con-men trying to hustle con-men; it's full of plot twists and red herrings and stilted dialog. You won't care about that; it has Nic Cage humping a mattress. The director of the film was Chris Coppola, Cage's brother. It also has Talia Shire, the director's aunt. It also has Charlie Sheen and Sheen's sister Renee Estevez. Then throw in James Coburn, Angus Scrimm, Micky Dolenz and Peter Fonda. None of them are the star, but again: you won't care. Cage goes absolutely chew-the-scenery-spit-it-out-and-chew-it-again for 60 minutes. Unfortunately, he dies early and there's an unsatisfying 30 minutes to endure after that.

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