Written July 20, 2010
Genius? Or just plain bad? I was just utterly confused - no angered - by this movie. Was it a drama? Or was it a comedy? Did they mean to hit every movie cliche out of sarcasm? Or because it's a terrible movie? The movie does have an unusual plot with a complicated intermingling and development of characters. Ethan Hawke played a great idiot -- the actress who played his wife portrayed a great idiot, too. At first you think perhaps she isn't. The other two main characters were also convincing as a mobster trying to have a conscious and a butcher who's being controlled by the mob waiting for his ship to come in. I only kept watching because I wondered if it would ever get any better.
I had to pause the movie several times for a "time out" to discuss what was happening with my friends. I think I wasted a couple of hours I will never get back.
If someone else dares to watch this movie, please let me know your thoughts.
Written May 13, 2011
This is among the worst movies I've ever sat through. When a guy got up after 5 minutes I thought: "He's got the right idea..." , but didn't follow my instincts. This is such a pathetic excuse for a movie that i don't know where to start. Pure nonsense throughout. Using Cathollic Christian imagery to slander it backhandedly was offensive (but expected) from the start, and continued throughout. Christopher Plummer as a Ming the Magnificent evil authoritarian religious leader type was beyond silly. The Clint Eastwood cowboy image of the priest-become-vampire half breed, was also a testament to the student filmmaker-like quality throughout. Why am I even taking the time to do this??? That bad! Go see anytihng else!