SPUN (2002)



Spun is an unclassifiable ensemble piece, intentionally bleached of soulfulness and high on visual invention and comic depravity.

Spun1Spun is an unclassifiable ensemble piece, intentionally bleached of soulfulness and high on visual invention and comic depravity. Set in north Los Angeles, where meth freaks lurch from one motel room to another in search of companionship and a score, the film stars Jason Schwartzman as Ross, whose life is rapidly disintegrating.

Fielding phone messages from his mother and trying in vain to reach an old girlfriend, Ross spends most of his time on a feverish circuit with the half-mad Cookie (Mena Suvari) and Nikki (Brittany Murphy), the dangerously paranoid Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), and a macho drugmaker called the Cook (Mickey Rourke).

 

Our Take:We tried to sit through this movie, honest. It was simply terrible. It starts badly and gets worse. It has the same annoying jerky motion effects as Requiem For A Dream. It was bad there and it is worse here. The storyline is vapid with contrived characters The movie is unnecessarily soaked in obscene language. Some bad language would be tolerable if the movie had any redeeming qualities, but here it is simply gratuitous. The cast is in itself a talented bunch but here they are working with a dead animal.


Movies for CR can be gritty but should be relatable with some redeeming qualities. There is hope for the addict and good CR movies should show this. This does not mean that every good CR movie has a happy ending, but at the same time it should have a decent script that details the reality of drug abuse without it trying to look like a Matrix rip-off. Good storytelling is always better than special effects. (See: The Lost Weekend)

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