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Spun (Unrated) (Bilingual) [Import]
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When college drop-out Ross becomes the local crystal meth cook's personal driver in exchange for free drugs, he has no idea what he's in for. Starring: John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge, Empire), Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Just Married), Mena Suvari (American Beauty, American Pie),Jason Schwartzman (Slackers, Rushmore), Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, White Oleander), Debbie Harry (lead singer of rock group "Blondie"), Mickey Rourke (The Pledge, Get Carter),Eric Roberts (National Security, TV's "Less Than Perfect").
Spun is an unclassifiable ensemble piece, intentionally bleached of soulfulness and high on visual invention and comic depravity. Set in north Los Angeles, where meth freaks lurch from one motel room to another in search of companionship and a score, the film stars Jason Schwartzman as Ross, whose life is rapidly disintegrating. Fielding phone messages from his mother and trying in vain to reach an old girlfriend, Ross spends most of his time on a feverish circuit with the half-mad Cookie (Mena Suvari) and Nikki (Brittany Murphy), the dangerously paranoid Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), and a macho drugmaker called the Cook (Mickey Rourke). Director Jonas Akerlund's story is nonexistent, but then again Spun is driven by the blurry, hellish energy of a life lived on speed. An obvious influence is Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, but Akerlund is interested in nightmarish set pieces than tiny horrors of misfired nerve endings and ravaged time. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Just as I wrote in the first line...this film is about drugs. It's hard to find a real plot in this film. It's just about people doing drugs, especially Speed (the word "Spun" means to be affected by Speed), and the their messed-up lives and everyday situations, seen through drug-affection. But while "Spun" doesn't have a real story, it has a some other qualities to offer: funny and well-created characters, good actors, a good soundtrack and A LOT of funny scenes and situations (it is bizarre humor though, that may not be recommended for everyone).
The main character Ross (played by Jason Schwartzman) is mostly a "ordinary" drug-abuser trapped in the sick world of drugs. But the other characters are funny, interesting and original. And the actors gives us these unrealistic, and sometimes almost cartoon-like characters, through some good acting. Characters like Spider Mike, played by John Leguizamo, a man I usually hate to see on the screen, and Frisbee, played by Patrick Fugit are highlights. But the one I will be remembering is Mickey Rourke in his role as The Cook (the one who's cooking up all the drugs). I could try to describe him, but it would have taken up too much space. You just have to see him for yourself...funniest character and performance of the film.Read more ›
Again, regardless of what other negative reviewers have said, there is a plot line to the movie - watching the actions and events surrounding a group of speed freaks on a meth binge. It isn't pretty, it isn't insightful, and that's the point of the movie itself.
Though the running theme is a bit dark and depressing (but alas presented a very humorous light), the characters are beautifully pathetic. Everyone was fabulous - Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, Jason Schwartzman, everyone! My personal favourite was Patrick Fugit's portrayal of the loser Frisbee and his spastic tendancies (someone I haven't seen mentioned enough!). And, yet again, in contradiction to other reviewers, there is some character development; we discover the reason why our main characters are what they are, and in full honesty, there isn't much else to the character to know. All they have are their roots and their craving for another hit. The point of the movie was to show the disillusionment that lead to their lifestyle, the disillusionment they had concerning their drug habit...as Jason Schwartman says near the end, "..and the greatest thing about it is, I'm not hooked!"
Not only is the story well done, but the stylistic elements were superb.Read more ›
To truly apreciate the actors you must also see- RUSHMORE and ALMOST FAMOUS. Jason Schwartsman is a totaly different nerd in Rushmore, and Patrick Fuquit was the likeable star in Almost Famous. Both of these guys play extremely different but likable parts in this movie. I was pleasantly surprised and am now big fans of both of these actors.
BILLY CORGAN does the music, and its great. I just need the soundtrack-which doesnt exist. Corgan also has a small appearance in the movie. Hes wearing a big yellow wig.
Get the unrated version- it has lots of nudity of one especially hot blond. Britney Murphy was really hot in this movie too, even though she is supposedly a junkie. she has a dance scene at a strip club, but no nudity of course.
Anyway- Get this movie as fast as you can. It will spin you.
Each of them portrays colorful characters who somewhere around the way got hooked on drugs. Roarke being the "Cook" even has a mobile labratory he sets up in motels.
The direction of this movie while artistic is not exactly conventional. In other words this movie is bound to be disappointing to many seeking another "Traffic" or "Blow".
The best parts in my opinion are when we see into the head of Swartzman after he takes a hit, perhaps the director was intentionally making a trippy movie counterbalancing the central message which would be drugs are not glamerous or maybe he just had fun experimenting with the subject matter and the camera lens to present a visual souffle of artistic angles and shots. This movie won't make my all time favourite film list, but it is a movie I can enjoy more than once.
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The movie is excellent, but definitely isn't for everyone. All-star cast, fast paced, and entertaining. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kenneth Klose
Je suis super contente d'avoir trouver le film en français, il ne se vend pas en français dans les boutiques normalement. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2012 by Abigaëlle
I really like this movie and decided to purchase it to view over and over again for years. 4 stars for a movie. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2010 by Mr. S. Cutter
I have to totally agree with most of the other reviews that it was one of the best crank movies I've seen. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2009 by johan federko
What is amazing here is that such a profanity
loaded script glorifing dope takers
got people like britney murphy
(she made a few films that made 100 million
at... Read more
I was visually nauseated throughout this film-yet sat through 75% of it because Mickey Rourke and Britney Murphy were interesting characters. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by filmz
The only thing I liked about this film was Mickey Rourke's performance. Other than that, there really wasn't anything at all I liked about it. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by C. James
"Spun" follows the three days of one name "Ross" (Jason Schwartzman) who always needs some chemical substance, and has no will of his own. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Amazon Customer
Spun is the trials and tribulations, the successes and failures, (more failures) of an interesting group of loosely tied together meth users operating in urbanized America. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by kevin yee