Monday, November 14, 2011

Mulholland Falls (1996)

Synopsis: Nick Nolte beats up people and growls a lot. [Oh wait – that could describe a lot of Nick Nolte films]

Blurb From the VHS Jacket:This isn't America, this is Los Angeles[Taken from only blurb on the VHS jacket is a review, along with: “$12 million Box Office Hit, 54 Day PPV Window”]

What Did I Learn?: If a military officer ever asks you to take a ride in an airplane that doesn’t have a door – DON’T.

Really?: Oh wow, where to begin? 1) Nolte’s character savagely roughs up three FBI agents and a couple of military police officers and gets away with it. 2) Ok, I realize the Hat Squad’s job is to kick the crap out of gangsters from other parts of the US and run them out of town, but is it really a good idea to do that sort of thing in a crowded restaurant filled with potential witnesses? Why not wait until the guy is finished his meal and jump him in the parking lot?

Rating: Mulholland Falls is an enjoyable film noir, set in late 1940s/early 1950s Los Angeles. The main problem I had is that it’s tough to sympathize with Nolte and his crew; as members of the infamous Hat Squad, they trampled the Bill of Rights and they’re the good guys in this movie! 7/10 stars.

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