Menace II Society
I remember this early Hughes Brothers film – about young friends growing up in the South Central LA ‘hood with increasingly divergent values – as being significantly better than it seems to be watching it now. Shame. Memorable performance from Larenz Tate as O-Dog.
Joe Carnahan’s excellent low budget crime thriller – more or less shot guerrilla-style – stands the set of time, thanks in large part to the performances of its two leads, Jason Patric and Ray Liotta, the precision of Carnahan’s creative vision, and the abilities of his cinematographer Alex Nepomniaschy and his editor John Gilroy in enabling him to realise that vision.
Silly, throwaway, but an exhilarating ride nonetheless – a horror film with a hook; a kid has premonitions of bad stuff, cheats death, but death wants a rematch. From screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick, tightened up by X Files veterans James Wong and Glen Morgan, with a largely likeable and (at the time) not over-exposed young cast which includes Devon Sara, Ali Larter and Sean William Scott. Tasty cameos for Tony Todd and Roger Guenveur Smith.
Frankly dull and definitely half-baked SF nonsense, adapted from a Michael Crichton novel, about some alien spacecraft crashed at the bottom of the sea and a multi-disciplinary team of experts sent to make contact with the extra-terrestrials, etc. Definitely not Barry Levinson’s finest hour, and neither is it Dustin Hoffman’s or Sharon Stone’s. Just boring and nonsensical.