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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Alchemy / Millennium
  • Release Date: June 7 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B004FQX58O
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The talented James Franco stars in Shadows & Lies as William Vincent, a quiet and mysterious criminal. When he falls for a New York gangster s (Josh Lucas) favorite call girl (Julianne Nicholson), Vincent is forced to flee the city, threatened with death if he should ever return. But after four years in exile, Vincent secretly returns intent on rescuing the woman he loves from her dangerous fate.

James Franco stars in this downbeat, deliberately paced existential thriller. Writer-director Jay Anania, a New York University film professor, alternates between an enigmatic drifter (Franco), a gangster (Josh Lucas), and a call girl (Law & Order: Criminal Intent's Julianne Nicholson). The time line, unfortunately, is hard to follow, though it goes something like this: after he misses a flight that crashes, killing everyone on board, Franco's antihero takes the opportunity to start over. As he explains in his mumbled voice-over, he moves back to Manhattan, becomes an editor of nature videos, and changes his name from Joseph to William. When he isn't working out of his storefront apartment, William spends hours walking the streets and eating alone in diners, where he sometimes argues with other patrons. One afternoon, an unnamed crime boss catches him in a criminal act, and recruits him to run errands (he doesn't seem to have much of a choice). To thank him for his services, the boss's sympathetic henchman, Victor (Martin Donovan), introduces William to Ann, with whom he starts spending time--until the boss asks them to stop. William can't stop thinking about her, though, and acts on an impulse that forces him to flee the city. Four years later, he returns to win her back. Because Anania relies on natural light, most every scene is under-lit, which adds to the remote feel, while John Medeski's drone-drenched score furthers the somnambulant mood. As low-budget noirs go, Shadows and Lies is different. But different isn't always better. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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You know I typically enjoy James Franco movies, however this was one of the slowest most boring movies ever. It was painfully hard to sit there watching nothing happen. Not at all worth my time. Painful.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0f22de0) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1002930) out of 5 stars Even at $2 for the Blu Ray it's a waste of money ..and time! Dec 2 2014
By Richardson - Published on
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The SHADOWS are all over the poorly lit faces of the stars and the LIES are the description on the BR box that this is an ACTION/THRILLER.... there isn't any of either in this pretentious mess of a bad film student disaster. I bought this at Fry's for $2 and thought I stumbled on to something good given the 4 big name actors on the cover and the descriptive reviews mentioning Noir and stunning photography and blah blah. I think if I had a film of these 4 actors shooting the bull in the green room waiting to be on the Tonight Show it would be a million times better than this pretentious (sorry had to use that description again) waste of the better part of two hours. I rarely write bad reviews but this is an insult.. and the music is even more horrific than the bad cinematography.... it is gratingly offensive in spots. Anybody that calls this a masterpiece either worked on the film or has never seen a modern movie.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1002984) out of 5 stars splendid flick July 29 2011
By Gerald M. Williams - Published on
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Intriguing plot convolutions... Lynchian weird (in a good sense). Heavy dark overtones dramatically anchor the color palette of this exquisitely shot movie, rendering Gotham as it's never before been seen. The actors too (Lucas, Franco et al.)break new ground professionally, revealing that they're capable of much more than they've been heretofore allowed to do.
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1002c60) out of 5 stars So you think you've already seen the worst movie ever made? Sept. 15 2011
By Cook & Collector - Published on
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If you can think of the worst movie ever made, either you have already seen this movie or you will soon relace the other movie with this one. Too say that it is slow is a major understatement. A three hour movie about watching paint dry would be far more exciting and stimulating than this dreadful movie.

All these characters are passing through life just waiting for death to take them. The lead character is the only actor that was lucky enough to die by the end of the movie.

This movie goes nowhere, has no message and is guarenteed to depress you even if you are otherwise in a great mood before watching it.

This movie seems far longer than it really is and should not have been longer than ten minutes in any event. It simply was the very long way of telling a very short story. There is only one gunshot during the movie. For the sake of these actors, there should have been many more.

Street low-life meets drug king who caters mostly to drug addicted hookers. He fails to follow every order explicity and is shot to death, fortunately. Death is far better than continuing his miserable and meaningless life, which had absolutely no place to go.

Terrible screenwriting. Not one character has any point or purpose, not one is slightly likeable and nothing of value can be taken away from this pathetic excuse of a movie.

Sorry, just trying to save anyone else from spending money or waisting anytime on this garbage. One would struggle through the movie thinking it had to get better. Problem is, it never does.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1002b58) out of 5 stars shadows and lies May 15 2013
By james brown - Published on
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I,found this movie to be very interesting,the young man was on his way home after visiting japan,missed his flight and everyone on the plane was killed.He then assumed another identy and goes to new york,rents a store front appartment.Start pick ing up money for gangster,falls for alady of the night who also works for gangster who also an interest in the lady.The problem is that he is not in situation where he can help the lady or even himself.He creats a problem that can only destroy him.
HASH(0xa1002d44) out of 5 stars Bad movie Sept. 15 2015
By Richard S Swift - Published on
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One of the worst movies we ordered.

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