The first half of Crazy as Hell is good. I really liked it mostly because Enriq La Salle is the smoothest Satan I've seen. Really, DeNiro's Satan (Louis Cypher) is good but a bit rough. Pacino's Satan in Devil's Advocate is good and funny in a maniacal way. Viggo Mortensen's Satan in The Prophecy is awesome and a bit scary and Peter Stormare's Satan in Constantine is hilarious. But Enriq La Salle's Satan was just too smooth man, like, wow, Crazy as Hell should have featured more of him. Michael Beach (Ty Adams) is cool, I've seen him in a lot of films but his character here is boring, annoying and utterly predictable.
This brings me to the second half of the film which fell apart for me. The first half of the film it's written well enough to begin to anticipate situations that would affect Ty Adams in specific ways. The death of his wife and the suicide of his daughter are two plot details that aren't used nearly enough in the film. But there were others. Seeing Sinbad in this film was good because I haven't seen or heard of him in awhile. But the way the film progresses and the way Ty kept blowing him off each time Sinbad says he needs to talk to him made me suspect that Sinbad was God. Tell me that's not an example of art imitating life. People claim to be Christian but won't listen to the word to help them through difficult times. People that aren't spiritual won't accept help when they need it most. It would make sense especially when Ty mentioned to his boss that he talked to one of the guys putting up a camera (Sinbad) and his boss had no idea who Ty was talking about. As a matter of fact, Sinbad's character didn't interact with anyone else in the entire film if memory serves, only Ty. Not enough was done with this because Sinbad's dialogue at the end of the film to Ty was so weak and so ghetto that it was better off not being spoken. Basically nothing more than a rough "I tried to tell you." There could have been so much more there. There could have been so much more impact with the ending in general but it was so poorly written and shot that even though I understood it, it sucked compared to what it could have been.
For Ty to hold himself in such high regard, talking to Satan when he first enters the puzzle factory, it hinted at some really deep intellectual conversations about life, death, spirituality, the human condition etc, to come. But we don't get that in Crazy as Hell. The initial meeting of the two was good but it never really went anywhere afterward. Another missed opportunity because Ty admitted that he didn't believe in God. You'd think that Satan would have a field day with that even in simply conversation. Let's be real, this is SATAN we're talking about. He has the knowledge of eons at his fingertips. He wouldn't need theatrics and dance numbers to cause chaos (although Enriq killed it on the dance floor). Satan said one phrase in Spanish to the waitress working in commissary and that night her legs were wrapped around his head while she was screaming like there was no tomorrow. I really liked Enriq La Salle as Satan but in the second half of the film he just came off as a petty bully, not a master of the universe.
That's my problem with the film and the ending. The discussion of life, death, spirituality, human nature etc, are such that they can lead to many deep perspectives but the film foregoes this in the latter half to focus on cheap tricks. Ty goes to a BDSM bar, nothing comes of it. It was so inconsequential that it didn't even need to be in the film. Ty talks to the Spanish woman from commissary at the BDSM bar but does absolutely nothing with her except ask questions about Satan like a in-the-closet homosexual. Watching Satan have sex with the Spanish woman turned Ty on because he was caught wandering the puzzle factory's halls in his underwear with an erection afterward. He was even slack jawed, come on now, nothing was really done with that either. So much wasted potential. Pacino's monologue towards the end of Devil's Advocate is a perfect example of Satan done right at the when the protagonist (Keanu Reeves) finally realizes Pacino really IS Satan. There was nothing said by Satan in that scene that was wrong and Pacino delivered it masterfully. A clear indictment of the human race and the blatant, nonsensical contradictions of Christianity. Crazy As Hell never has that moment and that's just sad because I think Enriq La Salle could have really delivered if such a scene were written in the film.
3* Enriq La Salle is smooth, but the film ultimate ends up being disappointing.