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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Slipstream (review)

This is a tough one to talk about. On the one hand, it’s failure, maybe even a disaster. On the other hand, it’s so fascinating a failure that it’s worth seeing, and worth seeing on a big screen because it’s the kind of film that works best — when it works at all — by dominating your attention in the way that only seeing a film in a darkened theater can. (Alas that it’s opening on only six screens in North America today.) Anthony Hopkins (Bobby), as writer, director, and star, has created a phantasmagorical journey through the psyche of his protagonist screenwriter (if we can even believe that much about the central character) that wends from an L.A. freeway road-rage incident during which bullets fly to a desert movie location where the director is losing a grip on his noirish story to an out-of-control actor (Christian Slater [The Deal], in one of his most interesting performances yet). Is Hopkins’ character slipping in and out of a movie in his imagination, or are we? Playing off the multiple meanings of “to shoot” and weaving in asides about lost plots and screwed-up continuity, snidely hilarious sniping at Hollywood phoniness (John Turturro’s [Transformers] hotshot producer is a hoot), and Twilight Zone-ish appearances by actors out of old black-and-white classics, this is a manic Bugs Bunny cartoon of a head trip that is more enigmatic than enlightening, more experience than explication. But what it loses in lucidity it makes up for in the persuasive confidence of its delusion.

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MPAA: rated R for language and some violent images

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

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  • Jimmee Jonwalk

    This is a horrible, horrible movie.
    It tries to pressure you with flashes of ugly scenes that go by extremely quickly and constantly with a story that does not tie in with itself.
    This absolutely sucks and is a waste of life watching. I did watch about two thirds of this movie only because I picked it out and I blew it bigtime.
    Did I mention this is a horrible movie?
    I think you get what I am trying to say by now.
    Thank you for reading..

  • caleb

    I disagree with Jimmee on one important point: This is not a horrible, horrible movie, rather, it’s a horrible, horrible, horrible movie.

    In addition to the pointlessness, for the visually sensitive and easily motion-sick (me) it was literally painful and nauseating. And, I mean “literally” literally.

    If I saw flash-cuts and one-frame inserts on a large screen, I would barf during my seizure.

    This is less fun to watch than the promos for Fox News: Wham! Bang! Pan! Cutcutucutuctucutuctut.

    You get the idea.

    Also, it’s a horrible movie.

  • Kim

    This is the worst movie I have seen in a long time. It may possibly be the worst movie I have ever seen. It was incredibly irritating and painful to watch.
    Absolutely horrible!!!!!!!!

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