The Information On - 'The Limey'
Monday 13 December 1999
The new thriller from Steven Soderbergh, which tries to be as gaunt and chiselled as Wilson, the Brit-in-LA of its title. While he was banged up in prison, Wilson's daughter, Jenny, died in Los Angeles in mysterious circum-stances. One way or another, he intends to discover the truth.
Who's In It?
Terence Stamp plays the ruthless protagonist, while fellow Sixties icon Peter Fonda stars as Terry Valentine, a hoodlum and Jenny's ex-boyfriend, who knows more about her death than he wants to let on. Stamp also appears as a younger Wilson via clips from Ken Loach's Poor Cow, shot 32 years ago - Soderbergh cunningly bought the rights to that film.
What They Say About It
"Soderbergh edits the film in a modishly fractured way, flashing back and forward, having dialogue overlap scenes or simply inventing fantasies of violent revenge. While it's great to look at, there remains a suspicion that this bravura stuff is there just to tart up a very ordinary thriller plot," Anthony Quinn, The Independent.
"Stamp has terrific charisma and self-possession, along with more than a hint of irony in his absurd cockney accent, richly overdone but glacially - and convincingly - threatening. As a screen actor, he just gets better and better," Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.
"There is a problem: Terence Stamp can't act. He has a deadly face, a killer smile, but when he tries to sound like a contemporary East End wideboy, he comes out sounding like Arthur Mullard. The whole production screeches to a halt whenever he opens his mouth," Andrew O'Hagan, The Daily Telegraph.
Where You Can See It
The Limey (18, 89 mins) is on general release around the country
Will explain back story to fictional kingdom Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 2015 General Election: Green party will not appear in TV debate alongside Ukip – says BBC
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything