Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)

Synopsis: Denver-area gangster hires smooth-talking charmer and his fuckup pals to do a job; fuckups fuck up, and gangster isn’t charmed.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Sexy Andy Garcia (When a Man Loves a Woman) heads an outstanding all-star cast in this riveting and highly original thriller!”

What Did I Learn?: Whether he’s playing a sadistic, wheelchair-bound villain in this movie, or a sadistic hero in All-American Murder,Christopher Walken is one menacing guy.  

Really?: I had a bit of trouble believing smooth-talking Jimmy the Saint (the guy wears an Armani suit to visit the gangster in a sauna) would have anything to do with the guys he says are his best pals. They also reminisce about some glorious past, but never reveal what sort of illegal work they actually did back in the day.

Rating: TTDIDWYD starts off as a fun caper film, but the tone becomes a lot darker and rather morose mid-way through after the death sentence has been pronounced. The movie has an impressive cast (Steve Buscemi is fun as an inconspicuous hit man), but there were a few too many scenes of Jimmy trying to salvage things with his girlfriend when the smart move for him would have been to get the hell out of Dodge, lickity-split. 6.5/10 stars.

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