"I must categorize the films of the world into three distinct types. European films are based upon human psychology, American films upon action and the struggles of human beings, and Japanese films upon circumstance. Japanese films are interested in what surrounds the human being. This is their basic subject." — Masahiro Shinoda
Apparently started life as a Dirty Harry script but Clint thought it was too grim. I suppose the obvious reference point here is Cape Fear (either the original, which I'm yet to see, or the Scorsese remake released the same year as this), but the absurd lengths to which Lithgow's character goes to tormenting Denzel make it feel more like a super violent and nasty live-action Sideshow Bob episode. On that note, this is possibly Lithgow's best villain—no mean feat, considering his De Palma collaborations. Denzel goes joker mode.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Still not sure exactly why I love this film so much (and consider it - at least for now - my favourite of Brooks's filmography). Maybe it's the cast, primarily the central three who are just effortlessly entertaining movie stars, doing some of their best work; as well as great supporting performances from Nicholson and Hahn.
I think, on first go, everything can seem a little loose and ramshackle. Maybe people are perceiving a clumsiness in the writing and the…