Monday, December 31, 2012

The Limey (1999)

Revenge Movie #3

Synopsis: Slimy limey flushes California turds.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “British ex-con Wilson (Terence Stamp) arrives in Los Angeles to investigate the mystery of his daughter’s ‘accidental’ death. His prime suspect, the wealthy, heavily guarded, music promoter Terry Valentine (Peter Fonda), is no easy target.

What Did I Learn?: 1) “The Sixties” were really just 1966, and a bit of early 1967. 2) If you need a crude, but effective comeback, the words: “I’d tell you to blow it out your ass, but my dick’s in the way” will probably suffice.

Really?: 1) I had a bit of trouble believing Eduardo and Elaine (Luis Guzman and Lesley Ann Warren) would continue to help Wilson when it becomes obvious he’s in town to kill people. 2) So wait – all that Valentine had to do was explain the situation to Wilson? 3) Hold on – did Wilson bust out of jail in England to avenge his daughter’s murder in LA? And I’m a bit surprised the DEA agents didn’t fingerprint him after the failed assassination attempt.

Rating: The Limey is definitely the best of the three ‘revenge’-themed movies I have reviewed; Stamp is quite good as the single-minded, but dangerous Brit, but Peter Fonda provides an outstanding performance as the creepy-yet-charming, record-promoter-turned-drug-kingpin, Terry Valentine – he nails the part. The film has a few too many flashbacks for my taste, but it’s an entertaining hour and a half, and well worth watching. 8/10 stars.

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