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Re: Two interesting neo-noirs
Part of the movie's charm is that at first we do not know what to make of the hit-man Bruno Serrano (James Remar). The same is true of his chauffeur (Michael Wright) and the young woman (Emily Longstreth) they rescue from a disabled car. We learn about them as we go through their behavior and experiences. It's not a story in which everything that happens connects to an overall plot moving toward a climax connected to the preceding events. Each event is more or less a vignette that sheds light on the people but maintains a mystery about them. The trio face various different hostile or disruptive forces along the way, but without making the movie into a single-minded story of pursuit. The story is really about what a man feels and thinks who has been a mob hit-man and now has only a short time to live.
Remar is a very good actor. When he has a headache in this story, you feel it. When he handles hoods and federal agents, you are with him. His suit makes him look like an anachronism of the 50s or 60s. His diversion into the desert and with Longstreth is charming. He has a little aside with Perry Lopez as a priest. It's not the tightest writing, but it still connects. There are distant associations because of Lopez in "Chinatown", and a reminder of the locale of "True Confessions". The stretch Cadillac is a star on its own.