Right after the success of his masterpiece, the dark comedy "El Dia De la Bestia", Spanish director Alex De la Iglesia took a stab at Hollywood with this wild ride of marvelous insanity and bizarre entertainment. Sadly, the resulting movie was severely cut in the U.S. and the U.K. and didn't had the expected results as many labeled as another Tarantino-style film. While at first sight "Perdita Durango" indeed looks like a rip off of the movies by the Tarantino-Rodriguez tandem, this really black comedy is more a witty satire than a serious action flick.The film is the story of Perdita Durango (Rosie Perez), a young criminal who one night meets Romeo Dolorosa (Javier Bardem), a crazed priest of an extreme form of Santeria who makes a life doing jobs for the mob. They fall in love and Perdita comes along in Romeo's latest job: the traffic of human fetuses for the cosmetic industry. On their trip, they kidnap two American teenagers for Romeo's human sacrif…
A movie obviously molded after "Natural Born Killers" and "From Dusk Till Dawn". There was an attempt to give it the attitude of the former and the unpredictability, "comedy" (and kidnapping + "road-movieness") of the latter. However, "NBK" was done with flair and a superior visual style, plus it was surreal so most of its shortcomings could be forgiven. "FDTD" is much weaker than "NBK", but "PD" makes it seem like "Remains Of The Day".It's obvious from the first scenes that there is going to be mayhem and chaos. However, what wasn't to be expected at all was that the title character would almost completely change her personality in the second half; they started her off as a deranged, grinning psychopath with evil to spare, and by the end of the movie she was a sobbing wreck!!!? Her "gradual" progression from psycho-bitch-from-hell to woman-in-love is one of the worst (i.e. best…
If you like movies that are filled with senseless violence and (literally) contain nothing else, then this may be your cup of tea. I'm surely no anti-violence advocate, but I don't believe in violence for violence's sake. "Dance with the Devil" is pure exploitation. Even outlaw characters can be at least slightly sympathetic. Not this time around. I found no redeeming qualities in Rosie Perez's and Javier Bardem's characters. It's hard to write a lengthy review about this movie, because there's almost nothing to write about. It's just a big dead zone of a movie. Perez and Bardem are both gifted actors, but they're given nothing to work with. James Gandolfini is the type of actor who can breathe life into any role, and he surely goes to town with his small, thankless part. I'll just close by saying that this is the kind of flick that actors cross off their resumes.
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