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2 Days in the Valley

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2 Days in the Valley

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Danny Aiello, Keith Carradine, Jeff Daniels, Glenn Headley, Teri Hatcher, Paul Mazursky, James Spader, Eric Stoltz, Charlize Theron
director:
John Herzfeld
distributor:
MGM
author:
6358
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a D-

Pure smog. Like a virus that eats away at the brain, ”Look — I’m the next Tarantino!” syndrome can seize hold of a young filmmaker, resulting in a movie that’s little more than a daisy chain of ”attitude.” In 2 Days in the Valley, a smug galumphing fiasco of a thriller, an icy-psychotic hitman (James Spader, coiffed and bespectacled like Michael Caine in The Ipcress File) paws the breasts of his Nordic-amazon girlfriend (Charlize Theron) as blood gushes from a wound in her abdomen. A suicidal television director (Paul Mazursky) skulks through the San Fernando Valley accompanied by a faithful schnauzer. A broken-down crook (Danny Aiello) whips up spaghetti sauce as he holds a pair of hostages at gunpoint. And so on. Writer-director John Herzfeld blends violence and top-heavy absurdism, creating a self-conscious muddle of indie-style hackery. Strip away the goofball nihilism, though, and what’s left is as formulaic as any straight-to-tape opus with a title like Dangerous Instinct. D-

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