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Plot: The tale of a son and his father separately plotting to escape the desolation of their lives in the lurid underworld of Brazil's sex industry... Runtime: 88 mins Release Date: 09 Jan 2007
"Journey to the End of the Night" defies any instant classification. It touches on many genres and plays more like an amalgamation of films. The effect is wonderful and stirring and by the end of the movie you feel like you've been on an emotional roll-coaster. The plot is plain. Brendan Fraser is in love with his father's wife. He wants to run away with her and start over in a new country. Brendan has no respect for the old man because he is essentially a pimp -- Scot Glen owns a nightclub where girls sell themselves . One night a man is "offed" in the club and <more>
leaves behind a bounty of drugs. Scot Glen and Brendan decide to sell the drugs rather than hand it over to the cops -- Scot Glen has his own designs about starting over and getting out of the business . They enlist the help of one of their lowly employees Mos Def whom they know very little about. Only that he is Nigerian and that he can speak the same language of their buyer. Mos Def embarks on his mission which takes on a heroic, almost mythic resonance in one of the most humanistic, gentle roles I have ever observed. He progress is derailed by random violence which leaves him without his cell phone to call Scot Glen and Brendan Fraser who now believe that Mos Def has absconded with the cash .Scot Glen in an act of desperation visits an old Fortune Teller to try to enlist his powers in finding Mos Def. Brendan Fraser begins to panic because his plan on getting away is beginning to unravel.Mos Def is rescued, as it were, by a beautiful young maiden Alice Braga who--because of a fight with her boyfriend--is lost in the world with no where to go.Mos Def and Alice team up for a heartbreaking and tragic passage back to the city. We see that despite some affinities there love is not to be. Meanwhile, back at the club Brendan Fraser stews over the missing drug mule, and begins to melt down. He confronts his father in brilliant "actorly" moment that redeems his character. We find through classic monologue why he is the way he is And Fraser does some of his greatest work in this scene .The ending of "Journey to the End of the Night" borders on the fantastical and is wildly ambitious. Perhaps overly so and perhaps not entirely convincing. But no less great. The film is chocked filled with energy and passion, bloodshed, car chases, shoot outs, and moments of supreme gentleness. Not for the squeamish. This film is going to become a cult classic.
What fun seeing a good ole fashion blood and guts, shoot 'em up noir. I felt like I was seeing a whole other side of the way crime thrillers could be made. This one uses sex, mostly in the backdrop and dialog in a hauntingly unerotic way--which speaks to the characters' misery and inability to feel pleasure. Not even sex or drugs can save them.Journey's plot is secondary to the indelible, painterly images; so much like Christopher Doyle's work that I had to stop the DVD and see who the cinematographer was. Scott Glenn rises to the occasion playing father and husband trying to <more>
make one last score so he can get out of the game. The old actor brings a lifetime of experience to the part. And really makes you invest emotionally in his plight. Also strong is Brendan Fraser, jumping out of his comedic pigeonhole and delivering an incredibly nuanced performance, at times funny, frightening and unforgettable.
Dark, Dirty, Degenerate and Fun! (by butchcorum1950)
This is an interesting work in the film noir/gangster genre. The story has to do with the bad blood between father and son, played out over one night in Sao Paulo. The tone and mood of the movie seem to reference many more famous, high profile films that deal with the same topic matter. This one seems very interested in stylization over telling a completely coherent story. And its this stylization that sets it above regular crime dramas. Bredan Fraser plays the loser, coke addicted son without any fear of looking bad. HIs performance is very emotional and wild. Not easy for any actor to pull <more>
off. His character is a villain without any morals. Made that way by his father, Scott Glenn, an initially likable, sympathetic sort, who, as the tale unravels, is not so nice a guy after all.By far, the film's hero, Mos Def the only hero because everyone else is evil or not big enough to really know gives a winning, career defining performance as a Nigerian immigrant who, out of loyalty to his employer, agrees to partake in a drug deal. The "raptor" gives a nuanced, thoroughly believable performance as wemba in maybe his best role as a film actor.The other big star of the film are the colors. The nighttime images and camera. It appears to be heavily saturated and grainy and apparently enhanced through the DI process. Cinematographer aficionados will surely want to see this for the interesting lighting.If the film has a flaw, I would cite an overall bleak and hateful tone of the script. Very anti- human being. The violence feels almost gratuitous with some shots of face slashing feeling too long or ultimately unnecessary. The squeamish will look away! But nothing very troublesome compared to the gore in the horror genre.Recommended to those who like dark material.
A pretty outstanding little film (by deanbivensnyc)
A very original dark film that seems inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and American Film Noirs. The story concerns Scott Glenn and his son Brendan Fraser as they scheme to get out of the brothel biz in Sao Paulo. They plan on selling some dope that's fallen into their laps and cashing out. But, boy--do things ever go to hell in a hand basket when their drug mule played by Mos Def gets bashed in the head. All goes haywire and Brendan Fraser chews a lot of scenery--in a good way. You could say that here is the first time that he ever embraced the dark side of his persona and did a damn <more>
fine job. Some of his natural humor seeps and refreshes the story. Really the big surprise is Alicia Braga the niece of Sonia Braga who has a supporting role of a beautiful young girl who gets entangled in this web by helping out Mos Def's character. She played the part to perfection. I want to see more and more of this actress.
Film Noir literally 'black film' was a term created by French film scribes who noticed how 'dark', downbeat and black the textures and themes of many American crime and detective movies finally released in France following the WWII. Films they hadn't been able to see under German occupation. These B&W flicks initially came into vogue in the '40s, became more popular in the post-war era especially as B-films, played behind more conventional cinema from Hollywood and lasted up until the classic "Golden Age" to about 1960 -- or maybe 1958 -- as <more>
"Touch of Evil" is usually cited by film professors as the end of the classic noir period.It's interesting to note that film noir is not a genre, but rather a mood, style, point-of-view, or tone of a film. This tone can be blended with other genre's to form a most satisfying effect most recently, the film "Brick" exploited noir conventions in High School setting! .Caper films, with its intricate plotting and criminal-characters existing on the periphery of society are some of the most significant examples of famous noir works. Most feature a "tone of pessimism, and darkness" and mainly share the form's visual style. But their main focus usually lies in the way they detail the strategies of the crime, that typically end up in fatal outcome, suggesting that there is a moral order to the universe, and that bad guys should not succeed.Crime Capers fall into several categories. In recent times, we've seen the jazzy stuff produced by Guy Richie and Soderbergh. In the 70s, we saw the existential masterpieces by Melville. In the eighties, we've seen caper films that were really romantic comedies at heart. Indeed, the fusion of capers has made its way into many a sub-categories heading.The same can be probably said for thrillers, although less fusions exist with classic thrillers. This category usually sticks to increasingly tense dramatic situation and if anything, veers into the realm of action films. Note that both "Fatal Attraction and "Basic Instinct" feature action set pieces that could easily be cut into a Bruckheimer film.JTTEOTN is not a caper film, a thriller, an actioner or even a straight noir -- its all those things, and none of them. "Journey to the End of the Night" suffers wrongly from being a not "instantly categorizable" work not in the marketing sense, but in the processing sense; i.e, how our brains orient to story: who am I supposed to root for? Brendan Fraser? No. Scott Glenn? No. Mos Def, yes, finally, but not wholeheartedly, because even the saintly Wemba is a drug runner who undertakes his mission solely out of greed . Its these types of transgressions that play against the contemporary mores, and a viewer's desire to enjoin and identity within the first ten minutes with a hero. Still and all, I would argue, that it is precisely this break with convention that has such an a lasting effect on the viewer. And makes JTTEOTN a most powerful post-modern noir.
Superb, I loved this movie- A drug deal goes awry in Sao Palo with great acting. (by dilbertsuperman)
This movie is set in Brazil Brendan Fraser is the son of a pimp that owns a nightclub and they are trying to move a deal forward that is risky and has a lot hanging in the balance. The characters are very richly done with lots of tension over a deal and the entire movie revolves around it.A number of characters accidentally cross each other's path and wind up influencing each other and I enjoyed that part of it as well. This is a dark and violent movie but very well acted and a decent script that has an attention to detail you don't normally see these days.The only part I didn't <more>
like about the movie is it was unrealistic when Brendan's character actually cared what a fortune teller had to say- it's hard to believe a hardened criminal would worry about what he had to say for a second.
those are two words to describe this drama/thriller.when drugs and violence take over your life and you spiral out of control,there is no way out.that's the case with Paul Brendan Fraser who sees no future and nothing but despair.greed and self hatred are his best friends.Fraser puts in in an astounding performance here proving he really has some acting chops.Scott Glenn is also good as Sinatra,Paul's father.but by far,the best actor in my mind is Mos Def,who plays Wemba.he really loses himself in the role.there is a fair bit of very strong language and brutal violence in this film,so <more>
be warned.for me,Journey to the End of the Night is an 8/10