The best Jim Thompson film. Paranoid and bleak.
Thompson’s 1955 novel, After Dark, My Sweet, has also been eponymously adapted to the screen; curiously, also in 1990. Again, this is a fantastic neo-noir adaptation of a classic tale.
Jason Patric, Rachel Ward and the inimitable Bruce Dern run circles around each other in this fascinating story of lust, love, manipulation and crime. Everything you want from a sleazy noir is here, and the direction and acting are pitch-perfect.
A special mention to Patric; he is a revelation!
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. I know some of you cannot resist… but the following trailer basically lays out the whole story for you from beginning to end:
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