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Who Is Cletis Tout? Review


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Watching Tim Allen's career slowly slip into oblivion is a cineaste's masochistic delight. After a slew of bad choices in the past few years - including Joe Somebody, Big Trouble, and Jungle2Jungle - Tim Allen is slowly heading into those dangerous waters involving films starring Christian Slater. Like Robin Williams, he wants to break out of his goofball typecasting, but it just isn't taking.

A hodgepodge about two escaped convicts searching for a cache of diamonds, a hitman with a "heart of gold" who only speaks in movie quotes (complete with the movie's production studio), a standard ingénue/love interest, two bumbling mob boys, and the typical overworked police detective - the whole thing spirals into one of the most blatant Tarantino clones I've seen.

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Narc Review


Very Good
In what may be one of the best casting decisions of 2002, director Joe Carnahan and the makers of Narc chose Ray Liotta and Jason Patric -- two actors that can project off-kilter rage and searing intensity like few others -- for their dark, teeth-gritting cop drama. If they had selected some other "man of the moment" actors for this depressing character study, Narc may come off as just another brutal, bloody undercover story. Instead, the two leads, nearly perfect in their roles, bring a heart and reality that buoy the film, and at times, elevate it to a superior crime movie.

Patric, who's played the tortured undercover cop before in Rush (1991), is Nick Tellis, a brooding detective that Carnahan introduces by way of a throat-grabbing sequence: An all-out foot chase through the projects, photographed with a violently jarring, hand-held approach, and ending with a pregnant woman losing enormous amounts of blood after being shot in the leg. The scene, made harshly cold with an icy blue design, is effectively sickening, especially because the bullet that hits the innocent woman comes from Nick's gun.

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Narc Review


Good

A rogue-cop drama with such robust performances and realistic grit that its flirtation with clichés hardly matters, "Narc" strives to bring back the tough authenticity of 1970s police flicks like "Serpico" and "The French Connection."

Jason Patric ("Sleepers") stars as a defiant undercover narcotics badge, struggling his way back into the good graces of the department after being suspended for a shooting, the guilt of which haunts him every day.

The film opens with an over-the-shoulder point-of-view foot chase -- an adrenaline-pumped scramble over fences and through the projects -- that ends with a pregnant bystander losing her baby. It's the incident that landed Patric on paid leave and in a detox program while his own pregnant wife stood by him.

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Who is Cletis Tout? Movie Review

Who is Cletis Tout? Movie Review

Watching Tim Allen's career slowly slip into oblivion is a cineaste's masochistic delight. After...

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