Saturday, July 30, 2016

Slipstream (2007)

Strand Releasing
Directed by Anthony Hopkins
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Sony)

Aging screenwriter Anthony Hopkins is summoned to the set of a movie which has fallen into disarray after the sudden death of one of its lead actors. As he struggles to rewrite the script, he feels like his own life is drifting away. Hypnotic, deeply personal work from Hopkins, examining the nature of time utilizing all the tricks of cinema. There are dreams, a film within the film, mental illness and just about every other plot device ever created to manipulate time. It's edited in a rapid, disjointed style that demands the attention of the viewer. If you are up to the task, it is quite rewarding. Characters are vividly drawn, including John Turturro as an unhinged movie producer, Christian Slater as an unhinged mob hit man, Gavin Grazer as a confused director, Kevin McCarthy as himself (Invasion of the Body Snatchers is referenced many times), and a Dolly Parton lookalike.

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