The story of a cop who wanted it bad and got it worse.
A corrupt cop gets in over his head when he tries to assassinate a beautiful Russian hit-woman.
A corrupt cop gets in over his head when he tries to assassinate a beautiful Russian hit-woman.
Gary Oldman Lena Olin Annabella Sciorra Juliette Lewis Roy Scheider David Proval Will Patton Larry Joshua James Cromwell Wallace Wood Gene Canfield William Duff-Griffin Paul Butler Tony Sirico Michael Wincott Dennis Farina Ron Perlman Gary Hope James Murtaugh Pete Macnamara Jay Patterson Stephen Tobolowsky Neal Jones
O Sangue de Romeu, 血在烧
What is movie? How do you movie? Femme fatale, what the hell is that? We want a one armed babe with superhuman powers of persuasion to turn any man into sweaty, balls deep sexual tension at the drop of a dime. Mystery? What’s that! We got Gary Oldman. He can laugh. He can cry. He can accent. I don’t know what an anti-hero is, do you?! Nah, man we want the Scorsese Dickball Special — the guy we love to hate, but somehow are still suppose to feel sympathy for even though he’s the greediest slime ball of off-brand Chef Boyardee?? Are these people even Italian?! Damned if I know. What I do know is Juliette Lewis just can’t act. Never could and l love it.
The critical reception that Romeo Is Bleeding apparently got when released back in 1993 does not respond to the critical reception I remember it getting when it was released.
I seem to recall it being received enthusiastically by Empire, Barry Norman and even on Moviewatch. Yet according to that Rotten Tomatoes thing, most critics appeared to have crapped on it. And to be honest with you, I don't even know why that is.
This isn't one of those cases of me liking something even though it's utterly apparent that the film in question is total crap. I genuinely think Romeo Is Bleeding is a really good film. But I also do wonder if it…
there’s a lot wrong with this film but one of my main issues is how over sexualized every female character is in this. the film that i watched right before this, Lost Highway, had the same problem sadly. i rated Lost Highway a lot higher cause it had a lot of good that outweighed the bad, unlike Romeo Is Bleeding.
- I have a soft spot for this one. I was around 14 when I first saw this. Jack Grimaldi's (Gary Oldman) narration really struck a cord with me and I guess it still does. Mona Demarkov (Lena Olin) was this unforgettable experience with a psychosexual femme fatale that can't be undone. She really freaked me the fuck out. I found her equally repulsive and erotic and still do. It's amazing what time does. She seemed so much older then. She would have been younger than I am now when she made this. We catch up to characters we watch in our youth. Crazy to think this came out the same year as True Romance. Feels older. The Neo-Noir story…
Maybe this is meant as a deliberately heightened quasi-parody of thwarted stupid men in noir, but if so it's not nearly manic or exciting enough, with the exception of whenever Lena Olin is on screen. Should have made a dozen Mona Demarkov movies. Discussed on Episode 22 of The Suspense is Killing Us.
From one OTT corrupt cop to the next, and have to say as enjoyable Gary Oldman is here it doesn’t even come close to Stansfield.
Not awful but also not a good film at all, the plotting and the way the story (or lack thereof) builds up is abysmal and there’s no atmosphere to the direction. Performances are good though, Lena Olin is a goddess.
Are we sure Gary Oldman is a good actor? He’s laying it on quite thick once again in this most overwrought of 90’s post-Tarantino noirs. His odious narration must be singled out as one of the worst examples of its kind. Strong performances from Annabella Sciorra and especially Lena Olin, whom the movie doesn’t deserve, barely temper the noxious air of movie-bro energy. Lone highlight is Olin’s freakish, handcuffed escape from Oldman’s car in which she kicks out the windshield like Catwoman and punts off a stiletto in a wide shot before taking off like a maniac.
Neo-noir on acid. A film that is as frustrating as it is compulsively watchable.
For me this is a top five 90s neo noir. If one were to ask me what is an example of neo noir in that decade, or what that term even means, and I leave out any Texas/desert/twangy noirs, Romeo Is Bleeding the one example I'd give. Thats not to say its the best. Or that its perfect. Because its not. But stylistically and thematically, its right on point.
Gary Oldman plays a wonderful dupe. Roy Schieder is in just enough and comes on screen spouting some monologues that you really dont know if its bs or genius. And of course, Lena Olin. Her turn her as the femme fatale is sultry and sexy, but most importantly, downright scary.
Director: Peter Medak (Fourth film)
The first twenty (or just the opening maybe?) is a jarring, deliberate and an unauthentic imitation of every other neo-noir you can think of. This film is so noir and everything is tuned to appear to be a noir that it's genuinely so annoying and obvious and irritating. But when the voice over calms down, after stopping the flow of the film with clever, but again, phoney dialogue (the type of dialogue someone will write to sound authentic, it's not) there's a strong, if not always interesting story involving a dingy Gary Oldman - licking his lips and suckling onto any pair of lips he can find - he finds a particularly dangerous…
A beautiful expression of trash art; dumb fun has never looked this moody and stylish. Romeo is Bleeding is both a pitch perfect neo-noir as well as a complete mangling of film noir tropes, images and attitude, all just fired at the audience with zero care for how they'll be received. It's so far gone, so committed to its own dementedly unoriginal vision that I don't think its tongue is in its cheek, I don't think it even knows where it is. This is both absolutely literal and deeply ironic. I know that sounds like a contradiction that shouldn't work, but this movie sure shouldn't, yet, somehow, it does.
We start, as these things always do, with voiceover, and then…
Lots of over-the-top elements that are head-scratchers but perhaps the most egregious is the plot point where it is continually asserted that May 1st and December 1st are six months apart.
Easier to see the seams on a second viewing, but Olin still makes the experience worth it.
Olin should be Henkin’s muse for a whole series of films.
Director Peter Medak's mildly postmodern neo-noir thriller Romeo is Bleeding was a critical and commercial failure when it was released in 1993, and it has yet to develop the cult following that it deserves. One cannot help but wonder what would have happened had the film been released the year after Pulp Fiction rather than the year before it. Of course, then it may well have been dismissed as a knockoff in the same way that too many movies were in the late Nineties. Some films simply never find their right time or place.
The screenplay for Romeo is Bleeding was written by Hilary Henkin and at one point it made the American Film list of the ten best unproduced…
A psychosexual cat and mouse neo-noir thriller, with peak nineties Gary Oldman committing fully as depraved self loathing New York cop Jack Grimaldi, who sells out witnesses to mob bosses to fund his secret double life, while he cheats on his wife with his mistress (Juliette Lewis, not very good). In walks Mona Demarkov, a Russian assassin with a more voracious appetite for sex and violence than Jack, and played to the hilt by the wonderful Lena Olin, who manages to upstage the normally un-upstageable Oldman. As Mona disassembles Jack’s carefully constructed (if not maintained) facade, the film becomes a series of twists and fights, embracing crime and thriller cliches with aplomb. It’s got a blackly comic tone, its noir voiceover hinting at the postmodern perfection of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang without meeting its standard of quality. It’s not as clever as it wants to be, but thanks largely to Oldman and Olin, Romeo Is Bleeding remains impressively watchable throughout.
Not really my cup of tea.
90s noir with a hint of Reservoir Dogs and Basic Instinct. It's a bit ridiculous but one of the better of its time/style.
"There was always a little daylight between his dreams and his wallet." Critics hate this one for its unnecessary violence and lack of understatement. I like it for these reasons.
Νεονουάρ που καταλήγει να μοιάζει με φάρσα, πλην όμως είναι πολύ σοβαρό για να εκληφθεί ως τέτοια. Η Λένα Όλιν είναι μονίμως μέσα στην καύλα, το τζαζέ σκορ του Μαρκ Ίσαμ εξαιρετικό, τα ονόματα του καστ τραβάνε το ενδιαφέρον, μάλλον φλόμπα όμως το φιλμ.
Gary Oldman peaked in the 90's as a corrupt cop.
A pretty average film that is saved by its great performances
Last 5 minutes this went down one star honestly. Stylish but messy and overdone to every cliche extreme.
Plus: David Proval is always underutilized!
It's easy to picture the generic version of Romeo is Bleeding, the version where copious studio notes and a blander filmmaker behind resulted in a movie that follows the basic beats but has no personality. Instead, this is a movie that's all personality, with Gary Oldman giving the desperate, sweaty, sad-sack version of his performance in Leon, and Peter Medak giving an over-the-top verve and energy to the neo-noir trappings that makes me think of '90s Sam Raimi.
The real star, however, is Lena Olin, who doesn't just sink her teeth into her role, but disembowels it and wears it like a skin. Olin's character Mona Demarkov feels like the whole thesis of Hilary Henkin's script, like she saw one…
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