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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Leaving Las Vegas

"I'll tell you, right now... I'm in love with you. But, be that as it may, i am not here to force my twisted soul into your life."
If you ever want to see a self-loathing man self destruct before your eyes, Leaving Las Vegas is the movie for you. Nicolas Cage plays an alcoholic Hollywood A-lister who gets fired shortly after his wife files for divorce. At this low point in his life he decides to move to Las Vegas and drink himself to death. He meets a charming but equally depressed stripper who falls in love with him enough to want to take care of him and try to talk him off the ledge. These two souls are hopeless together and without each other. They're not exactly a joy to watch.
It's interesting to see just what it takes to push someone over the edge, make them want to disappear entirely. Especially during these tough times, breaking points are put to the test and through it all you learn how to truly survive. Cage's character reached his breaking point, and there wasn't anything Elisabeth Shue, who plays the stripper, could do about it.
This movie was like watching a car crash in slow motion. You knew there was going to be a crash, but I just wished it would just happen already, and not have spent two hours getting to the impact.

My rating: B+


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