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Posted October 1, 2010
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King of Mob Exploitation...
I really enjoyed this Utlra-Violent feature and this is coming from a person who started loving films strictly through mafia genre features (Godfather, Goodfellas). I've only seen two other Ferrara films (Bad Luitenant, Dangerous Game), so like those features, I was expecting his style and grittiness to come through ten-fold in this film. Nicholas St. John, a long time writer and collaborater with Director Abel Ferrara doesn't disappoint us with this epic. I would say that this is Ferrara's most entertaining piece from the other films that i've seen, mostly since it's more of a story rather than just a destruction or fall of a mad character. Christopher Walken is at his peak with this film, he has that sense of bringing you in to love him even though he's a ruthless monster in the film. It was like this role was written specifically for him. If you liked his role of the Mafia Don in "True Romance," this, in my mind, is more like a companion to that character. I also thought that Lawrence Fishborne did a fantastic job, by the trailer, he doesn't look very realistic, but more out-played and too over-the-top, but as the viewer watches the film, you are kind of lost within his insane cherades. It was hard to go from him playing the strong and upright "Furious Styles" in "Boyz from the Hood" to the complete opposite "Jimmy Jump," in this film. Even the rest of the all-star cast did a great job. David Caruso, whom I'm not a fan of, especially with his stardom in his recently horrible CSI show, he did a great job, along with Wesley Snipes, since this was one of his first major roles on film. Imdb.com has announced that Abel Ferrara is working on a new film with Michael Pitt (Dreamers, Funny Games) to star in a prequel of King Of New York...I can only imagine what this will be like. All in all, if you like Mafia flicks that are edgey, dark, gritty, and especially tense, then this film is for you. It's been a while since I've found a good Mob film and this one doesn't disappoint.
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