The Limey details
|Starring:||Peter Fonda, Terence Stamp, Barry Newman, Amelia Heinle, William Lucking, Melissa George, Joe Dallesandro, Lesley Ann Warren, Nicky Katt, Luis Guzman|
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 May 2008|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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The idea was good...By a customer from London, England , 13 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]but the execution is painful to watch: all that talent and money going to waste.
Terrible acting by Terence Stamp: his accent may convince a Californian but to a Londoner it sounds like a lovey trying to play the hard man. You'll want to laugh but will be too uninterested to bother.
The bad acting is matched by the self-conscious and pretentious approach taken by the director which just further hinders the viewer from engaging with the story and the main character.
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Comedy C0ckney StereotypeBy Bassman71 (700 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 10 Jun 2013English man comes out of prison, goes to LA to avenge his murdered daughter, mayhem. Starts well but quickly ends up as a bland action/thriller in which not that much happens. One of the main downfalls is that Terence Stamp overplays the C0ckney stereotype and I assume this is for the American audiences. The scene where he meets Bill Duke is a good and painful example of this. It does get quite surreal at times and there are a couple of really well shot scenes (the scene where Stamp gets beaten up and goes back into the warehouse being one) but its nothing out of the ordinary and predictable.
A Dangerous Father's RevengeBy chaser (7 reviews) from Umberleigh, Devon , 26 May 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThoroughly enjoyed this film, despite the tricky un-chronological sequencing at times. Superb settings, and I found the acting perfectly acceptable. Terence Stamp's character naturally dominates, but Fonda comes close to 'stealing' the film, which concludes with a slightly predictable shoot-out. A degree of swearing (US style) but not inappropriate.
Stamp of GeniusBy Mosca (20 reviews) from London , 12 Oct 2012Not sure why anyone would give this film a negative review, it's brilliant!
If you've seen Out of Sight (1998) you'll recognise trademark Soderbergh touches - the jump cutting back and forth, quirky dialogue, super music and neat characterization.
There's great use of Poor Cow footage; the young Terence Stamp in his glory. And I think he's genius in this, with his exaggerated C***ney accent befuddling the Americans.
(I had to write C***ney like that because, hilariously, it's flagged in this review as an obscene word).
The Limey is a cool, innovative film...don't be put off by the naysayers, watch it!
One of Soderbergh's best.By AFM (12 reviews) from UK , 30 May 2012'The Limey' is, in my opinion, perhaps one of director Steven Soderbergh's best films. We follow Wilson (Terence Stamp) as he travels to LA following his release from prison, to find out how his daughter died and why. What follows is an often violent crusade to avenge his daughter.
The performances in this are all stellar as is the writing (for the most part) and the direction. Stamp is very good as the slightly unhinged Wilson as is Peter Fonda playing an older variation on his Easy Rider character. Luis Guizman and Nicky Katt (in a brilliant little role as a hired gun) also stand out. Be warned though that Soderbergh's style is quite jarring to the uninitiated as he employs editing radically and inventively so if you like your films to strictly adhear to established techniques perhaps you should look elsewhere. But anyone remotely interested in Stamp, Soderbergh or crime/revenge films should give this a look.
The power of the edit comes goodBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 13 May 2011This film failed at the box office on first release, perhaps because American audiences did not warm to an avenging Englishman. The story is routine modern film noir but the script is sparkling and the unusual editing gives the film a stylish gloss. You can also sense committed direction from Soderbergh. The acting is a bit patchy and not all of you will warm to the poker-faced presence that is Terence Stamp. For me it was just fine and I would recommend this film to all noir watchers.
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