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%)

One-line Reviews (165)

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.

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

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.

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 ....

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

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

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

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

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.

potent and strangely compelling .

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

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.

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

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").

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

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

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)!

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!

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

A suspenseful thriller perfectly set up by Soderbergh .

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

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

I personally found this film unwatchable for one simple reason.

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

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

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

so boring.

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 found the storyline to be run of the mill dull.

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.

An excellent thriller which features unexpected friendships and alliances.

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

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

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

He is tough, intense, and thoughtful.

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

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

In short, it's tedious.

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.

Every last cut keptme on the edge of my seat.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

"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.

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

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

Overall the film is interesting and quite exciting.

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

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.

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

I was just hoping for relief to the tedious boredom.

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

Most enjoyable, fast-paced, offbeat movie.

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


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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...

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.

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

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

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

Despite all this, I enjoyed it.

Stylish and Entertaining .

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.

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

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

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

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

Love in unexpected places .

It is an enjoyable film.

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

What a bore.

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

If you enjoy revenge thrillers this is definitely worth watching.

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

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

Confusing drama-thriller with most unusual cinematic style.

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

Wonderfully evocative film .

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

But, beware, it has its slow moments.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

A disjointed story that has a payoff at the end .

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 .

Was I bored with it, no quite.

An absolutely brilliant, fascinating piece of cinema.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

enjoyed it!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Mr. Soderbergh really makes this film worth watching.

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.

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

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

The action scenes are gripping and realistic.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

It just equals a waste of everyone's time.

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.

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.

Tedious and drawn out with fairly tenuous links between characters.

A very entertaining and realistic film.

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

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).

It was very repetitive and added nothing to the film.

Otherwise, thoroughly enjoyable.

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

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

I found this film most enjoyable.

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

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.

Probably one of the worst movies ever.

What a waste of time.

stylish but somewhat empty film .

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.

This is a very competent and entertaining movie.

An excellent and absorbing revenge thriller .

They are bland and often nonsensical.

An average, dull, 6 rated film.

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


Entertaining and realistic.