The Limey (1999) - Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 45 out of 253 found boring (17.78%)

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potent and strangely compelling .

Soderbergh's films have a lyricism that is beautiful and compelling, and that always works to deepen the characters and situations being presented.

Every last cut keptme on the edge of my seat.


Overall the film is interesting and quite exciting.


But I am afraid that this over reliance on technique does come with a price: the film, as a whole, becomes much more of an "exercise" than a fully engaging narrative, partly because the visual distractions keep distancing the audience from the story and characters that should be our focus.

Can't complain about the acting, but the film was, well, boring .

Stamp explaining his every slang comment is most tedious, cockneys do not do this and only use slang with people that understand it, not Americans unless you are a complete Barclays (look it up)!

With the same premise as Get Carter, The Limey is much more disjointed as far as narrative goes.

All the little camera tricks and disjointed and anachronistic shots are what make this endeavor so interesting.

This is a very competent and entertaining movie.

A disjointed story that has a payoff at the end .

In short, it's tedious.

An excellent and absorbing revenge thriller .

This is a bit confusing at first with the numerous flashbacks and flashforwards.

But where The Limey's catalyst is the suspicious death of one of its anti-heroic lead's family on account of a driving accident, it does so well with the material anyway that it gets away with it – telling an engaging tale with a dynamic visual approach.

It is an enjoyable film.

The sad and ironic ending is an excellent twist and gives an unexpected moral base to the picture.

The combination of the story, the direction, the acting (the entire cast is good) and the picturesque locales make this film utterly riveting.

This, first off, is a much better modern attempt at the payback film than the unbearable "Get Carter" remake by Stallone.

It just equals a waste of everyone's time.

But Terence Stamp is the reason to become immersed in the story.

Soderbergh creates a whole new way of vision which is exciting and slightly disturbing e.

That may be a bit offputting for some, but it truly helps make "The Limey" stand out from the rest of the all-too-predictable landscape of cinema.

Not enough of an asset, unfortunately, to offset some of the duller moments, and of course no amount of able direction can overcome the "Huh?

All of this is so well done that the end product is stimulating to watch and consistently avoids any confusion or lack of clarity.

I have to hand it to Steven Soderbergh: in an era where "independent American film" often falls into one of two stiff categories (play-it-safe studio knockoffs like "Happy, Texas" and novelty acts like "Blair Witch"), he continues to make original, challenging, and above all entertaining films.

The intense tale of revenge is set against the backdrop of high-end Hollywood Hills enclaves, the scenic beauty of Big Sur and the more gritty elements of Los Angeles adding texture.

His trilogy of sorts - The Underneath, Out of Sight, and, now, The Limey - presents a powerful portrait of contemporary America, in a series of rich portraits, compelling themes, and deep sub-texts from gambling to amorous commitment to parental love.

And the beginning of the movie is more promising, then it becomes an rather ordinary crime movie with an ordinary and predictable ending.

As long as you're paying attention, this movie is thrilling and fascinating.

I found the storyline to be run of the mill dull.

Let's see if the left leaning 'twitter' throws Fonda out as they would any of the right hoi polloi engaging in such - never hold your breath when it comes to Hollywood elite.

While this might sound confusing to watch, you get used to it quickly and realise how brilliant and disconcerting it is.

Taking out those 10 minutes of repetitive and unnecessary flashbacks and flash forwards, and substituting more character development of the Limey himself would have greatly improved this movie.

What is most annoying, apart from the tedious and dull story, is Terence Stamp's mockney accent.

This is a Watchable Exercise in Personal Storytelling and Movie Making that is Pretentious but at times Compelling.

I'm getting to the point now where I'm distrusting the ratings on this site because so many movies with above 7 ratings turn out to be boring pretentious tripe.

Just as the film is about to become routine and predictable, new key characters and plot information is revealed.

Los Angeles as seen here is a strangely desolate, hazy, yet spatially engrossing environment, and lends itself ideally to Soderbergh's temporal experiments.

very very good premise attracted me to this movie but it was truly unwatchable....

stylish but somewhat empty film .

Confusing drama-thriller with most unusual cinematic style.

Probably one of the worst movies ever.

The story line was a bit tedious, dragged in the middle.

As the movie starts to grow on you, it becomes quite entertaining.

The way the film makers intertwine dialogue and voice over is fascinating, and reminds me of the films by French movie makers in the sixties (the French "New Wave").

I feel I have been abused by having to sit through Soderberg pleasuring himself with 85 minutes of the most self indulgent film making I have ever seen.

The Limey is a clever and thrilling film that kept me guessing till the end.

This was far from an excellent movie but it was still enjoyable to watch.

It is just self-indulgence on the part of the production team.

I just saw this on DVD, and I'd have to say I enjoyed it.

Two Substantial and Believable Lead Performances from Stamp and Fonda are quite Engaging with much Character History.

Dave Wilson (the very good Terrence Stamp), a smart, intense criminal just released from prison heads to LA from London to look into the somewhat mysterious death of his daughter, who he barely knew.

The film is highly entertaining, especially when it zones in on the blind obsession of Wilson.

An excellent thriller which features unexpected friendships and alliances.

Overall, it is a very rewarding film: gripping, funny and stylish, with fine acting from a top quality cast, a great script and spot-on direction.

Principally, the man has taken a similar idea but brought a great deal of substance where in Kay's effort there was fatuity; a degree of life and ingenuity where there was formula and this sense of verve and energy where there was a just lot of bland 'muscle' going through the motions.

Other than that, I felt he was rather inanimate and sleep-inducing.

Overall, worth a look if you're a fan of Soderburgh, noir, Get Carter, Stamp, Fonda or Home and Away, but probably a lot more enjoyable if you're not British and couldn't spot badly stereotyped dialogue if it gave you a dry slap.

So dear reviewers, slow, boring and badly written/acted/shot/edited/produced does NOT equal meaningful and artsy.

You can just imagine the film school minions imitating this for years to come-- and of course producing shlock and artsy-fartsy dreck instead!

I wish other directors would watch this movie to get an idea on how to liven up the dull moments of their more conventional movies.

I must admit I fell asleep while viewing this gem, so perhaps I am not the best source for a review, but I found the 'artsy' editing techniques very annoying and boring.

The plot is simple, yet the script is so well-written that it makes an extremely compelling story, together with top-notch acting by Terrence Stamp and Peter Fonda and masterful direction by Soderbergh.

This time, I found the acting excellent across the board, the script far more interesting than I remembered, photography highly effective and economical, action sequences quite riveting, and director Steven Soderbergh to be in inspired form, even in his judicious use of flashbacks.

" On the other hand, Wilson was a testosterone filled missile with a guidance system made in hell; unpredictable to say the least.

Dialogs that seemed made out of brick, so forced, so pretentious, so misplaced, so disconnected, so incredible bad.

It was fabulously filmed from a technical standpoint, but it became a bit too self indulgent.

He is the ghost of the promise of the 60s: note the haunting, dreamlike strides he takes early on, a somnambulent walking through the empty wasteland of modern LA.

I found this film most enjoyable.

Was I bored with it, no quite.

I was just hoping for relief to the tedious boredom.

Tedious and drawn out with fairly tenuous links between characters.

It becomes confusing to watch as things do not make sense chronologically and visually.

In fact it becomes more than very very tiresome it becomes very very irritating as we cut..........

Director Steven Soderbergh, working from a lean, witty and intelligent script by Lem Dobbs, takes a standard revenge premise and gives it exciting new life by relating it in an exceptionally clever and creative non-linear fashion; Soderbergh's fluid, hypnotic style and the fragmentary editing play around with time and memory in a fresh, compelling and imaginative way that's positively intoxicating to behold.

The `revenge story' is a pretty overdone plot device, so when a film comes along that employs this theme and still remains fresh and compelling, it is safe to say that is a truly good film.

Stamp's performance and Soderberg's direction were compelling and other-worldly.

There was certainly no action, no suspense, no thrills, no warmth, no likable characters, no intrigue, no message, no interesting dialogue, no gripping relationships or drama ....

Guzman's character in particular allows for the creation of a tête-à-tête buddy movie that creates heart, humor and an unexpected element in a film that belies the fact that it is not your run of the mill revenge film, which ends up being more of an existential quest than the shoot'em up tropes of the genre.

CON: Dull for an action movie, motivations are cloudy, and that Cockney accent needs translating

noir that is more a tale of alienation that embraces the outcast in this suspenseful and stylish film.

Enthusiast action buffs will probably use this as a reason to claim that this film is dull and lame.

Terrence Stamp is intense and totally convincing as the lead character; Luis Guzman is great, as is Peter Fonda, and the rest of the cast.

When you find out the truth, it's really kind of a let down, if cliché'd.

Positives: Stamp's Wilson, a London crime figure in his declining years, is ferociously dignified and compelling to watch.

One of the most boring films I've ever seen .

A bit too formulaic, and some scenes are washed out.

just a lot of repetition of boring scenes (for what purpose is beyond me), blank stares for long periods of time (possibly an attempt to build drama but all it did was build frustration with how awful the film was) and lots of pointless badly written wooden conversation between characters.

Most enjoyable, fast-paced, offbeat movie.

so boring.

And by the way, greatly superior to Soderbergh´s overhyped (but nonetheless enjoyable) "Traffic".

"The Limey" is essentially a routine revenge story that's made considerably more entertaining because of its inspired use of flashbacks, flash-forwards, images of imagined actions, offbeat camera angles and highly creative editing techniques.

His movies have run the gamut from the wacky, self indulgent surrealism of 'Schizopolis' to the pandering, sell-out mediocrity of 'Ellen Brockovich'.

I was not disappointed, both bring class to this low profile formulaic story of a little mad father out to get the big bad man responsible for the death of his loved one(s).

Wonderfully evocative film .

The young actress who plays Peter Fonda's girlfriend is absolutely stunning.

Love in unexpected places .

Go and see it by all means as it is entertaining enough, but there are enough films with the same theme as this which are, quite simply, better, artsy-fartsy editing or no artsy-fartsy editing.

Stamp here gives a memorable performance, sometimes charming and fascinating, at other times a pure animal of intimidation.

All in all The Limey is a somewhat banal and unconvincing thriller about a man taking his revenge, but Soderbergh attempts to raise it to a higher plain with the use of artsy-fartsy editing.

What a bore.

The plot, though thin, was oddly compelling and despite the arty presentation I wasn't reaching for the 'off' button.

After the superb Out Of Sight, he has crafted a film that yet again features a "hip" cast (Terrence Stamp, Peter Fonda and the great Luis Guzman) in a compelling story.

If you enjoy revenge thrillers this is definitely worth watching.

Visually stunning with a great cast (Stamp is irreplacable and one of my fav character actors, Luis Guzman from "Magnolia" & "Boogie Nights," comes off very well, too), this is a fine motion picture which elevates the original script tenfold.

The plot was quite good but a little predictable and far fetched in places.

I was expected something completely different and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Yet another fascinating aspect about The Limey is the terrific use of subtle and oppressed humor.

But, beware, it has its slow moments.

The Limey is a potent and strangely compelling mix of simple story and complex style.

Mr. Soderbergh really makes this film worth watching.

Soderbergh is trying his disjointed editing style and a bit of shaky camera work.

), but suffice to say for now that it is an absolutely brilliant, fascinating piece of cinema.

Soderbergh's suspenseful thriller about an old English gangster (stamp) who travels to LA to look for the killer of his daughter.

An absolutely brilliant, fascinating piece of cinema.

enjoyed it!

"...? If you think so; WASTE 90 minutes of your life and go see this one.

An average, dull, 6 rated film.

However, on the bad side the dialogue itself was uninspiring.

"The Limey" is on the short list of flawed-but-compelling films that I can watch, repeatedly, for sheer pleasure.

Not to mention, the music is very fitting, and adds a great deal of suspense to an already suspenseful movie.

Overall, a stunning, if slow movie that touches in a way that other similar films rarely do.

Editor Sarah Flack has done a stunning job of assembling sequences that flash forward and back within a given scene.

The best part of this film, besides the editing, is the boughts oflaugh out loud humor- unexpected in a revenge thriller.

We watch Wilson briskly walk back to the building in which he just had his a** beat and was thrown to the curb, but all we hear are screams, the ringing of gunshots, and a few flashes of gun blasts until finally a young man comes running out toward the camera, into the foreground and past the camera, half-chased by a double gun toting Wilson (face covered in blood splatter) screaming in his intense cockney accent, "You tell'im I'm coming!

The disjointed storytelling, the non-linear elements, the displacement of matching dialogue with scenes in which they don't belong, the obscuring of timelines and the way Soderbergh obscures the framing of certain scenes is an inventive way to keep the audience on their toes.

The final shoot-out scenes with bullets crashing through plate-glass windows is tense and exciting.

We watch an exciting movie, great acting, and quite convincing story telling.

A very entertaining and realistic film.

That's the surface of this very interesting and fascinating movie from director Soederbergh.

Stylish and Entertaining .

There isn't a lot of action in here but when it does occur, it's pretty intense.

The cinematic techniques were effective and Stamp's acting was enjoyable.

And finally, if you like thrillers like myself, this movie is that rare thing, an intelligent sophisticated one, which keeps you on the edge of your seat for a couple of hours, without feeling, like unfortunately happens with a lot of similar productions, that when the credits start to roll, you have been through 120 minutes of disposable entertainment...

There isn't a huge amount of action but what there is, is suitably intense.


Well, the composition/editing is peculiar: narrative structure of the movie is presented in disjointed flashbacks by the main character Wilson during his plane trip home to England, and there are frequent dialog and background sound from previous or future scenes juxtaposed with a current scene.

I personally found this film unwatchable for one simple reason.

The plot here of avenging father seems pretty much lame and not that interesting or complicated at all, but maybe that is the point, not everything in life is extraordinary, in fact much of life is standard, simple and uneventful.

Sixties songs are mixed forward with some punch - the Who's "The Seeker" sounds terrific here - and the entire effort is entertaining.

Baffling, initially, I agree, but I found it interesting, fascinating in fact, in spite of the experimental narrative style.

We're supposed to be impressed by the sort of indie "hipness" this film radiates, yet I found myself falling asleep and wondering why the movie was made in the first place.

He is tough, intense, and thoughtful.

It`s obvious Soderbergh is aware that he has a very very worn premise for a film but this arty approach becomes very very tiresome very very quickly.

Otherwise, thoroughly enjoyable.

The action scenes are gripping and realistic.

Entertaining and realistic.

He stands up, brushes himself off, pulls a small gun from an ankle holster, and stalks back the way he was dragged out.

The flashy filming is boring and the film has a very thin plot and the overall the acting is second rate.

In fact it becomes more than merely very very tiresome it becomes very very irritating as we cut - back - and - forth - between scenes - again - and - again like - this .

A suspenseful thriller perfectly set up by Soderbergh .

It was very repetitive and added nothing to the film.

They are bland and often nonsensical.

Despite all this, I enjoyed it.

There is frequent confusing editing that seems like it was a last minute decision in order to make up for the lack or story, filming and just plain common sense.

Unexpected angles,zooms,long shots,sweeps across the bays,the most BEAUTIFUL scene?

In this day and age with the world moving at the speed of cyberspace and formulas being remixed, redone, repackaged, etc. it is tough as an artist to create something really new and exciting.

It was hard for me to really grasp just how contrived and unoriginal this flick was!

In addition to all that, it has a number of fine supporting performances, several truly exciting action sequences, some exquisitely funny lines, and - at only 90 minutes - a concision that's to be admired, in any decade.

What a waste of time.

truly unwatchable............

Director Steven Soderbergh approaches the material artistically, using a definite pace (occasionally too slow) and interspersing brief flashbacks of Wilson and Jenny, which prove to be very effective.