Pssst, want to check out U Turn in our new look?
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Incredible movie that doesn't hold back at all.
I'm not an Oliver Stone fan, quite the opposite. With U Turn, I find a director that is completely out of control, perhaps not as excessive as in, say, Natural Born Killers, but slapdash and often getting in the way of the story that should be told (not to say the script doesn't have its own problematic excesses). It had potential. Sean Penn's low level criminal Bobby, trapped in a small Arizona town while his car gets fixed, meeting all sorts of crazy characters and getting slapped down by Lady Luck at every turn, initially works as black comedy. Unfortunately, it doesn't know when enough is enough, and becomes as ugly as it is relentless, with a couple of mean twists too many. See, it's never made clear WHY Bobby should suffer all these indignities. It's never earned. There's a sense that had he splashed a little soda on the ground early in the film, respected the land, etc., everything might have worked out, but none of that really connects, just like the half-formed idea of giving every character a totemic animal (is it me or does Oliver Stone hate cats? Maybe that's why I instinctively don't like his work). Everything is just out of reach, a tease not unlike J-Lo's femme fatale's. Is the medium/style the message, then? At times, I can't tell if I should respect this tic-laden monster or just hate it, so I'll come down in the exact middle. It was interesting, but deeply flawed, like a Coen Brothers movie that lost its way in the desert.
Beyond awful. Easily in bottom 10 films i have watched.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!