The Spanish Prisoner
- rated - Tepid
I suspect that David Mamet can do this sort of thing on his ear. It's a
clever enough film, but not quite clever enough to convince me that he
tried hard to do something special. It all seemed like an elaborate
mental exercise to me. At the end I felt that I'd been mentally
stimulated, and yet, I thought "So what? All very impressive, but what
does it mean? And, more importantly, what does it matter?" We all know
David Mamet can write short sentences and speciualises in unfinished
utterances. Now he's directing as well, we are subjected to
performances which value the written word over all other nuances. These
are not real people, they're cyphers.
The best of the cyphers is Steve Martin - but then again, he really IS
I did like the point Mamet makes about appearances being deceiving.
But, being a lawyer, I was alert to that from the first. When I saw the
security cameras I thought "Warning warning! Appearances are
deceptive!" And sure enough, they are. But not quite deceptive enough...