Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1999. Artisan Entertainment. Screenplay by Lem Dobbs. Cinematography by Edward Lachman. Produced by John Hardy, Scott Kramer. Music by Cliff Martinez. Production Design by Gary Frutkoff. Costume Design by Louise Frogley. Film Editing by Sarah Flack. Independent Spirit Awards 1999. Toronto International Film Festival 1999.
Terence Stamp plays a British ex-con who flies to Los Angeles to find out what happened to his estranged daughter when he hears that she died in an accident. Believing it to be more than just an accident, he teams up with Luis Guzmán and tracks down a hotshot record producer (Peter Fonda) with whom his daughter lived. Steven Soderbergh uses a completely surreal editing style that involves repeated shots and elliptical sequences, but does so in such a thorough and perfectly calculated way that the film is never for a moment confusing. As usual, his high quality film making is in evidence here, putting this one right up there with his other classics Out of Sight and Erin Brockovich. Lesley Ann Warren has a wonderful supporting role as one of the daughter’s friends, but this is Stamp’s show all the way and he is superb in the lead.