"Might as well rent it sometime, everyone else did."
I think this movie's last line really says it all."Some guys get the world. Others get a ride to Arizona with an ex-hooker. Well, see ya around." --Lynn Bracken
Okay, so it's not an exact quote. One of these days I'll get around to seeing it a second time, and maybe then I'll appreciate it more.
You could tell Kim Basinger was trying hard not to crack when she said it. I tried hard not to crack, and failed. From what I could tell, my friends and I had the only dry eyes in the theater, which is why we all got such nasty looks when we started rolling around on the floor laughing (ew, sticky).
Aside from that, this film wasn't bad. I wouldn't say that it was an all-time classic, or that it deserved mention at the Oscars (let alone a nomination, especially for a script that ended like that) but it wasn't bad. It had action, thrills, a "how-the-hell-will-they-get-out-of-this-one" ending, the works. Some less-well-known actors (Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe) got to show their stuff, which was a plus. Kim Basinger turned out her best performance since "9 1/2 Weeks" which was a complete surprise.
It's a nice, gritty drama, if you like that sort of thing. Generally, I do like that sort of thing, except that this one played like a cheap, colorized copy of a good episode of "Dragnet".Go see an original forties- or fifties-era detective flick, it's what they were trying to copy anyway.