IFFR KINO #40: Red Rock West (1993)
- John Dahl
- Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle, J. T. Walsh
- thriller, misdaad
- 98 minuten
We won’t tell you anything about the over-the-top plot, not in the least because it is so deliciously fun and inimitable. The viewer will find particular joy in how John Dahl’s directorial debut toys with noir and western cliches, that at times will remind one of work by David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, or Quentin Tarantino – all the more amusing for its being a little more superficial and self-satisfied. Cage uses his young Elvis-esque charm in his portrayal of the (sort of) honest drifter who arrives in a dusty town in Wyoming, Red Rock West – only to be mistaken for the hitman hired by bar owner J.T. Walsh to kill his beautiful young wife (Lara Flynn Boyle). But that, of course, is Dennis Hopper, who arrives moments later. Sorry, we did tell you something about the plot here after all… the first ten minutes that is.