An almost overly faithful adaptation of the Thompson novel, which doesn't bring the magic of cinema
to this adaptation of the crime master. It's more or less a shoot-by-numbers flick, and although Patric brings
a lot of work ethic to the lead, Rachel Ward is awkward and mannered, and Bruce Dern's acting temperature
barely gets above a bored simmer. Thompson bloggers identify this as one of "the two best American screen adaptations"
of his work, the other being the now-classic THE GRIFTERS, but that's kind of a sad statement, given
the screen potential of the many books - and of course the qualifying adjective "American" leaves laudatory room for
Tavernier's COUP DE TORCHON, still the reigning champeen of Thompson-adaptation movies (from POP. 1280).
As a final cri-de-coeur, when will a great director approach the most radical and experimental of the books,