Saturday, April 12, 2008
Journey To The End Of The Night
Written & Directed by Eric Eason
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Scott Glenn, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Mos Def.
This film truly harkens back to the style of those Hollywood crime dramas of the 40’s and 50’s typically shown as a second feature. Journey to the End of the Night is a true gem for the noir fan. Even the look of the film, dim glowing primary colors, is reminiscent of a cover of an old pulp detective novel.
Set in the immense city of San Paolo, Brazil, Journey to the End of the Night lifts the concrete rock to a scurrying underworld of crime, greed, sex and drugs. It is the story of two world-weary American expatriates, Sinatra (Scott Glenn) and his son, Paul (Brendan Fraser) who run a nightclub-brothel. Trapped in an inherently corrupt world and playing by its rules, they plot their separate escapes to a new life with one last big score. Their fate hinges on the safe passage of Wemba (Mos Def), the brothel’s Nigerian dishwasher and suitcase of drugs on a journey to the end of the night.
Brendan Fraser is wonderfully new and nuanced in his portrayal of Paul. Mos Def delivers an absolutely exquisite performance.