I loved this movie.
I've seen a few other Albert Pyun movies and generally think that his work helps define the low-quality end of the low-budget spectrum.
However, one thing about low-budget films is that they are unique opportunities for strong visions to emerge on the screen relatively free from studio and focus-group interference. At their best, they become a rare opportunity to see things that you won't get to see elsewhere.
This film's story is highly cliché and confusingly plotted, and along with the tight-focus, highly stylized camera-work, minimalist dialog and slow pacing winds up creating a movie that's hard to stay with.
The fact that the main character is a junkie nearing the bottom end of his addiction also discourages viewers uncomfortable with disturbing subject matter or looking for a strong, sympathetic main character.
However, however however...
If you understand that this film is not about plutonium, guns or mobsters but is about two lost souls who, in finding each other, manage to find a future where none existed then you may enjoy it as much as I did.
Burt Reynolds' character is so oddly out of place and restrainedly loopy that he comes strongly to life and accentuates the feelings of alienation and displacement in the rest of the film. (He also foreshadows his role in Striptease.) Rob Lowe is utterly compelling and heartbreakingly realistic as a junkie who knows his addiction is killing him and who has given in to feeding it instead of fighting it. His character strongly parallels Cage's alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas.
The film is so bleak, that when Crazy Six tells Milicevik's character that he won't, can't give up crack even to have a relationship with her, the honesty of his confession strikes an optimistic note. When Milicevik then decides that since he won't quit, she'll start again in order to be with him, it is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
In this desolation, the end of the movie, which is as cynical as real life about the slim chances of these two characters surviving addiction, economic hardship, parenthood, and going on to build a strong relationship, still feels uplifting and positive.
Action / Crime
Action / Crime
Billie is an American junkie who came to Eastern Europe to escape his problems and make some good money. They call him Crazy Six because he is the sixth child of his family and he is crazy for drugs. Raul is the Drug-Lord who deals plutonium on his spare time. Things get ugly when Crazy Six and an Arabic-French gangster steal the plutonium and a couple of bucks from the Drug-Lord. As Crazy Six tries to escape the dependence of drugs, Raul chases him and it's up to an American inspector helping the local police to straighten things up...
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