Dennis Duffy’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Different rules apply when it gets this late”
Everything feels a little off in After Hours, almost like the city changes into a different world past a certain time, becoming this inescapable nightmare if you’re unlucky enough to find yourself trapped in it. Very much a precursor to the New York as a thrill ride movies we’ve seen more recently from the Safdie Bros. Even with fairly similar unlikeable protagonists that only have our sympathies because of their situation. Speaking of Paul, he feels the most like a surrogate for Scorsese than any of his other protagonists, working as a vessel for the artistic and personal hell he found himself in during this period in the 80s.