Spun

2006-03-30 12:12
 

For a speed freak, time is an elastic concept. College drop-out Ross (Jason Schwartzman) learns this first-hand as he surrenders to a three day odyssey through a circus-like, crystal-meth Hell in Los Angeles.

It starts when Ross shows up at Spider Mike's (John Leguizamo) bungalow, looking to score. Spider Mike's companions include his greasy-haired, red-eyed girlfriend Cookie (Mena Suvari), the pimply, video game-addicted Frisbee (Patrick Fugit) and Nikki (Brittany Murphy), a giggly Vegas stripper, whose boyfriend The Cook (Mickey Rourke) concocts the local speed supply in his motel room laboratory.

Seduced by Nikki and her promise of an unending drug supply, Ross agrees to become chauffeur and errand boy for The Cook. Over the next few days, Ross ricochets between the hilarious and the bizarre as he makes his descent into the insomniac, anarchic world of meth junkies. With its humor, electric visual style and intensely experiential point of view, Spun explores the razor-fine line between the edge, and over the edge.

What the critics are saying:

"...style can't disguise a lack of substance. Every hardship feels painted on and nothing (Rourke apart) is remotely real."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi

"If Spun doesn't glamorize the world it surveys, its parade of reeling potty-mouthed clowns (especially Mr. Rourke's cowboy chemist) still exudes a kind of doomy charisma."
- Stephen Holden, New York Times

"In Spun, the nightmare never ends for the pretty young Hollywood things like Mena Suvari and Brittany Murphy who play methamphetamine dress-up with pasted-on pimples and brushed-on bruises."
- Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times


Music video wunderkind Jonas Akerlund directs this frenetic film about a gaggle of LA drug addicts on a 3-day binge. Stylishly shot with some strong performances, but ultimately empty and pointless.

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