I really like Stephen Soderbergh's films. He did "Sex,
Lies, and Videotape", "Kafka", "The
Underneath". Maybe you've heard of them. I'll bet you
haven't heard of "Schizopolis", though. He did that
too. Fabulous good fun. Disjoint and inexplicably funny, it's a
great ride, though I imagine those people who think "Toy
Story" is a challenging film that works on "many
levels" would not be interested.
"The Limey" is this year's outing for Soderbergh,
and it's a keeper. Terence Stamp plays a British man called
Wilson who comes to California to find out how his daughter died.
That he's been at his Majesty's pleasure for the last couple of
years lends his character a fair bit of edge that you can see
coming around the block. I've never had much time for Stamp,
having last seen him in one of the "Superman" movies,
but here he commands your attention every second he's on screen.
Is it the stare? The determination? Or the freedom that a
complete lack of fear can lend a man?
One of the things that makes this such a fascinating film to
watch is the way the story is told, which is all at once. Or not
at all, depending on whether you're one of these people who see
empty or full glasses of water. You see bits of the story
sometimes in order, sometimes backtracking, other times not. It
left me with the feeling that I'd been watching the whole movie
all at once, for about 90 minutes. It could have been crap, but
Soderbergh pulls it off nicely. It's good to see someone who's
willing to do something unusual (and make it work).
And you get a quick lesson in Cockney rhyming slag. All for
the price of a movie.
Limey (Official web site)
The Limey (IMDB)