13 October 2014

The Rum Diary


The Rum Diary 2011
  • Directors: Bruce Robinson
  • Based on book by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Cast: Johnny Depp,  Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have heard this actor’s voice in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist, Rango
    • Aaron Eckhart – The Dark Knight, Conversations with Other Women, Erin Brockovich
    • Michael Rispoli – The Sopranos, Feeling Minnesota, While You Were Sleeping
    • Amber Heard – North Country
    • Richard Jenkins – Burn After Reading, The Visitor, Rumour Has It, North Country, Six Feet Under, Intolerable Cruelty, Snow Falling on Cedars, Sea of Love, The Witches of Eastwick, Silverado
    • Giovanni Ribisi – Public Enemies, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Cold Mountain, Friends, Lost in Translation, The Gift, Saving Private Ryan, SubUrbia
  • Why? JD. 42nd in JD marathon
  • Seen:  October11, 2014
Expectations on this film are somewhere around zero.  What a pessimist. But Hunter S. Thompson was behind Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas too and that got 0* from me last time we tried watching it. So we’ll see.
Well, at least it seems to have a story and the pace isn’t frantic.  Failed novelist Paul Kemp gets a job as a journalist for a dying newspaper in Puerto Rico in 1960.
Sadly it’s quite boring.
There are some politics. Kemp is told by his cynical boss not to disturb the Dream by writing about reality. Rich racist communist-hating gringos try to recruit him into some illegal money-making deals but though an alcoholic who lusts after a woman he shouldn’t, he does have some scruples. Or at least survival instincts.
And then it gets silly.  Kemp gets blackmailed into getting involved in the highly unethical billion dollar crimes. He goes with the luxurious sexy flow. He lets himself be bought. For awhile.
I find little to like about this film.  Except for a few minutes of some very good blues music. And the fact that in the end he exposes the bad guys.
So it gets a bit more than a zero.

1 ½ * of 5.  Hal likes it better and gives it a 3.

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