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Summer of Sam
Review by Suzdal
1½ stars out of 4
In his latest film Spike Lee uses the backdrop of Brooklyn in the
sweltering summer of 1977 to tell a story about our fear of that which is
different from us. Unfortunately he doesn't really go anywhere with it.
That summer the infamous "Son of Sam" killer, David
Berkowitz was prowling the streets of Brooklyn and hysteria was rampant.
Ritchie (Adrien Brody) is an old neighborhood type recently returned who
is viewed with suspicion because of his new punk lifestyle. His only real
friend Vinnie, played by John Leguizamo is going
through personal problems of his
own and wavers between loyalty and suspicion. The other plot of the movie
focuses on Vinnie's marital problems with his wife, Mira Sorvino.
The cast is good but the characters aren't very substantial, so only Brody
really comes across well. The plot is not that interesting.
Lee overdoes it on every respect; the sex
is important to the plot but gets boring, same with the killings they are
the backdrop of the story that creates the atmosphere-but we are shown
every single one in bloody detail and are also treated to some frankly
funny Berkowitz scenes. By the time the dog shows up you can't help
but laugh a little.
Overall it is watchable and the historical context is interesting for
those of us who don't remember it personally. The acting is good--
but the film is overindulgent.
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