Kevin Spacey's directorial debut has all the hallmarks of someone trying to prove themselves in the field. Long lingering shots, dramatic pauses, off-kilter framing and conflict aplenty. Spacey being the biggest of bigwigs, he also got a top line array of acting talent (well, big names, if not talented ones). What Albino Alligator is lacking is story, real style, scenery, and genuine interest.A trio of crooks take refuge in a bar when a getaway goes wrong and they take the local barfly's hostage. Cue disagreement between the crooks as to what to do next, some hostages with secrets of their own, a street full of cops and a TV news reporter looking for a big story.
Albino Alligator isn't a good film. It drove me to a crossword during the climax. I'm sure Spacey made it on the cheap and I'm sure he dragged in some favors to get it going, but it's not going to get him to the Mel Gibson stage of being able to do anything he damn chooses. If anything it's a little embarasssing.
Having said all that, it isn't consistently awful, it's just not consistently anything. It's bland as watery gravy and at times as clear as same. The characters are muddled and lifeless. The situation is overdone. The humor restricted to one joke of quality.
Saturday night video fare? Nah. Bored at 3am and need something to send you to sleep? Bingo.And if Matt Dillon tries to do drama again - someone show him that Meatballs flick he was in. Thank you good night.