Friday, September 23, 2005

U TURN
Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton, Powers Boothe, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, Jon Voight

"Sex. Murder. Betrayal. Everything that makes life worth living."

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A heavily indebted gambler mistakenly makes a wrong turn, he develops car trouble and ends up in Superior, a town near Phoenix in Arizona. Poor chap gets embroiled with the shady characters inhabiting the town. You have a dumb car mechanic, a blind old man spewing quotes, a sleazy sheriff, a waitress named Flo (same as that Johnny Cash song), a ditzy young lady, her over jealous boyfriend, a real estate agent and his exotic wife. A rather silly movie but you keep watching if only to see if the down on his luck chap would ever get out of that God forsaken town. It helps that you have talented actors like Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Billy Bob Thornton, Joaquin Phoenix and Jon Voight to give credence to their roles. You have shots of crows, the sunset, the moon and a montage of flash back scenes as well. An eclectic mix of songs too from Country to Mexican ballads. Everything you expect from an Oliver Stone movie without the controversial conspiracy theory scenario.

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