Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PALMETTO (1998) - Volker Schlöndorff

I saw Palmetto in the theater when it came out and remembered enjoying its sultry Florida backwater vibe. Woody Harrelson plays a framed journalist freshly released from prison who stumbles into a whale of a murder/kidnapping plot spearheaded by the rich (or supposedly rich) kept woman, Elisabeth Shue. The film is chock-full of interesting and well-earned plot twists, an easier-to-follow Big Sleep with the humidity cranked to boiling. Woody plays a great fall guy who should have known better, and Chloe Sevigny and Gina Gershon are both spicy in supporting roles?

Palmetto didn't make much money or much of a splash when it came out. I think people were a little thrown that the same guy who directed The Tin Drum would gravitate toward this type of material. Surprisingly, it's a good fit and an enjoyable flick. Who said guys  with umlauts in their names can't do Sunshine State noir?

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