Aroview: Reflexively vulgar and enjoyably vicious, this comic-thriller has fumbling thief Downey Jnr. by chance winning an audition for a film part, then being spirited away to Hollywood for 'role research' with gay private investigator Kilmer, activities which swiftly morph into a genuine caper.
Ripping through its narrative with sarcastic and inventive relish, this was something of a 'comeback' miracle for dir. Black, better known as the long-blocked writer of blockbusters like LETHAL WEAPON and LAST ACTION HERO. With homages to his film noir heroes sprinkled throughout - along with quirky flashbacks, meta-filmic twists and verbal asides - this is a touch frantic, but will satisfy all but the congenitally cynical.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
4 stars (Very Good) Shane Black makes his directorial debut and proves that he is more than just a writer in this dark comedy semi-noir. Both unpredictable and stylish, with Downey Jnr and Kilmer stealing the show with fantastic wit and vicious sarcasm.~Tom H
3 stars (Good Enough) Val Kilmer is brilliant and the story is decent, but instead of avioding convention and clichè, the film instead chooses to highlight it with painfully self-aware narration that tries too hard to be cool and pretty much ruins the experience.~Wizzums