The Limey is
a story about a British career criminal who journeys to LA to
go gunning for the man who killed his daughter. Noone took him
seriously at first, because of his age and he talked funny.
There's good shots of Monterey's coastline
and Rocky Point, with lots of good visuals.
The movie moves a little slowly for me,
with a few very good entertaining parts, but without Terrence
Stamp there is no movie.
It's still a strong scissors sideways.
Directed in a series of flashbacks, flashforwards,
and just plain flash, Steven Soderbergh takes the thinnest of
plot lines and turns out bravado performances from Terrence Stamp,
Peter Fonda, and Luis Guzman.
A stylish and witty revenge picture with
more going for it than just old-fashioned violence.
The Limey's director
is a great contemporary film stylist. He's imaginative and complex,
using a cut-up style that's very radical, with a multi-flashback
structure. There's nothing orderly or aligned in the way the
director builds this story.
Nothing is quite what it seems to be. The
movie is told from inside the star's head--following a wobbly
line between past and present. There are many repeated shots
of the star on a plane, and whether its coming or going isn't
revealed until the end.
is a first-rate crime revenge thriller.