Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
United Kingdom/USA, 1998. Miramax, Scala Productions, Synchronistic Pictures. Screenplay by Andrew Davies, Chloe King, Michael Radford, Michael Thomas. Cinematography by Ashley Rowe. Produced by Colin Vaines, Stephen Woolley. Music by Luis Bacalov, Jennie Muskett. Production Design by Sophie Becher. Costume Design by Valentin Breton Des Loys. Film Editing by Joelle Hache.
Oddball gangster flick stars an appealing cast in a story that makes far too little sense. Jared Harris (Richard’s son) plays a school teacher and hospital disc jockey (?) who has no idea that his beautiful new girlfriend (Asia Argento) was once a hired killer. Of course, he has wanted an exciting life for so long that she should come as no unhappy surprise, but the danger she puts him in is nothing like what he was hoping for.
Rupert Everett co-stars as one of Argento’s friends whose drug problem is another wrinkle to the plot, while Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Argento’s partner in crime (but in real crime, not in the usual sense of the term).
The main heist at the center of the story is fun, but the rest of it is so obsessed with being quirky that it comes off as flimsy.