Matt Dillon, Gary Sinise, William Fichtner, Faye Dunaway, Skeet
Emmet Walsh, Viggo Mortensen, Joe Mantegna.
Kevin Spacey added yet another notch to the growing list of
with this extremely short-lived movie from earlier this year. With recent
debuts by Tom Hanks (That Thing You Do!), Matthew Broderick
and even Kevin Bacon (Losing Chase) having cast a pall on the idea
should do anything other than stand in front of the camera and look pretty,
who has already proven himself as one of the film world's most gifted actors
Usual Suspects), shows that he's really a more-than-passable director.
largely to newcomer Christian Forte's clever script, Spacey makes interesting
out of an otherwise overdone situation (cops surround bad guys in a bar with
exit). He also gets a chance to explore some interesting camerawork within
obvious confines, all without coming off as a heavy-handed egomaniac like
have tried this stunt before (you know who I mean). And while Spacey isn't
to win any awards this time around, at least he proves he's someone to watch
not just in front of the lens.
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