B. MonkeyDirector: Michael Radford
In this witty romantic thriller, Alan (Jared Harris) is a London schoolteacher who leads a quiet, mildly stuffy life. As a hobby, he serves as a jazz disc jockey, spinning tunes for a hospital's public address system, but he craves danger and excitement. One night, Alan stops into a bar for a drink and sees Beatrice (Asia Argento), a beautiful woman who is arguing with two men. Alan is immediately enraptured by Beatrice and begins to pursue her. What Alan doesn't know is that Beatrice is an infamous thief known to the police as "B. Monkey" (named for her ability to break into anything), and the men she was quarreling with were Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a gay couple who are her partners in crime. When Alan becomes aware of Beatrice's secret, he tries to lead her into a safer and more honest way of life, even as she lures him into the thrilling existence he's been dreaming of. Leading lady Asia Argento is the daughter of Italian horror auteur Dario Argento.
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Cast & Crew
|Jonathan Rhys Meyers||Bruno|
|Sophie Becher||Production Designer|
|Valentine Breton de Lois||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|David Hindle||Art Director|
|Bob Last||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Peter Lindsay||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Simon Moseley||Asst. Director|
|Jennie Muskett||Score Composer|
|Nik Powell||Executive Producer|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
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This is a movie of how two completely different people overcome everything from impotence to a crime boss on their heels. Asia Argento delivers a knockout performance as B, a fun loving thief with a dark mentality towards life. At a bar, she is spotted by Alan (Jared Harris) who instantly falls for this black haired beauty. The two soon start to see each other, overcoming sexuality and personal problems with the other. In the mix toss in Paul (played excellently by Rupert Everett) B's friend and a mentor in some aspects, who owes money to people who would see him, and B dead. As the couple chase happiness and normalcy, B is quickly drawn back into her world of crime, and quickly decides to get out of it again, and this time for good. The film keeps an intensity and style throughout it that are hard to match. It only gets better in the end, where things are resolved unexpectedly, and not for the best of everyone. This is a film worthy of owning, worthy of drooling over,(due mostly to Asia's body baring performance) and worthy of watching more than once. It comes straight at the watcher, daring them to leave the seat, cause you never know what will happen next. MSD.
I've always read mixed reviews about this film. The main reason why I viewed this feature was for Asia Argento and Director Michael Radford. I love Il Postino and this film is far from that kind of love story. This is Radford's first film since Postino and has the same elements with the story being a love/romance tale. Asia Argento is not only strikingly gorgeous, but she has a lot talent and this shows her early career. It's never easy to take famous film-makers child's work seriously, but Argento is a real piece of work and shines throughout any of her films, including the awful XXX with Vin Diesel. As I've read reviews, I noticed myself as well picking up the fact that this film feels like a B-Movie. Everything seems to just be simple. There are points where you get into the scenes and action and even the sexuality, but it's not some balls out action flick. Action/Romances are not easy to capture anyway, cause they can either be excellent or just really horrible. This one is in the middle. True Romance and Natural Born Killers are the greatest Action/Romance films out there. So if you're looking for an exciting thrill ride, well you could take your chances with this feature, but you'll be more into Asia Argento's nudity than the actual story. Even though the cast does a great job and the soundtrack featuring Portishead keeps this film sharp. This is definitely a must-see for Argento fans...