Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 2000. Morgan Creek Entertainment, Franchise Pictures, The Canton Company, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Carter Productions. Screenplay by David McKenna, based on the novel Jack’s Return Home by Ted Lewis. Cinematography by Mauro Fiore. Produced by Mark Canton, Neil Canton, Elie Samaha. Music by Tyler Bates. Production Design by Charles Wood. Costume Design by Julie Weiss. Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.
Sylvester Stallone‘s near-comeback was thwarted by the poor box office reception of this interesting little drama. It’s a shame, because while it offers no imaginative visual effects or high-octane action scenes, it does have a strong screenplay and terrific acting from the entire cast. Stallone plays a gangster who shows up in Las Vegas to find out more about the death of his brother, with whom he hadn’t spoken in years. Naturally, his sister-in-law (Miranda Richardson) is wary of his presence, while her daughter (Rachael Leigh Cook) is open to getting to know this new member of her family. Great photography and a wonderful ending, though it won’t hold everyone’s interest who watches it. Michael Caine, who played the lead in the original, appears in a great supporting role.