What a waste. Such good photography and arty images. Even theaccompanying music is creative. But, the dialog and the overacting ofthe characters spoiled the film. The form is great and enduring andmacabre and memorable, but the dialog is shallow and infantile. Thestory: A couple going on a shooting spree and an unjustly disgracedrookie cop going after them. OK, so far. What is unbelievable ispolicemen turning on a good rookie police officer who had recently losthis partner and wife, while going by the book. Come on, give me abreak. Who can believe that! The characters are flimsy, cartoon like. Alawyer and a news anchor woman wearing black vinyl gloves. A hillbillycameraman chewing tobacco and spitting on a hospital floor. Only EricRoberts is true to form: Good solid acting. It feels like a cheapimitation of Sin City. The movie seems to be directed by a kid with theonly culture and education of video games. All in all, what a waste!User: Heislegend
This movie makes no apologies for what it wants to be. It says right onthe box art it's "Sin City Meets The Spirit". Predictanly it fails atboth, but much more at being Sin City than The Spirit. Sure, Sin Cityhad the visuals, but it also had a pretty compelling story line, evenif it was a bit of a film noir wannabe. The Spirit had the visualsand...well...that's about it. Pretty much everything else was terrible.
Westbrick Murders follows a cop who basically loses everything and vowsjustice. Well, OK, he doesn't really vow justice. He's kind of guiltedinto it by his overbearing but wise father (a glorified cameo by EricRoberts). I don't know about you, but if my spouse was murdered by acouple of serial killers (and I was a cop) my first instinct would notbe to run home to daddy so he could tell me to man up and deal with it.This film fails on a lot more levels than story and really it's kind ofsad. If a cameo by Eric Roberts is the best you can muster, it's betterto just count your losses and walk away. But this film doesn't. It usescheap effects and horribly annoying jumpy edits to try and make it feelgritty and quick. Even at that it fails miserably as you soon get tiredof the visual failure and start to notice what utter crap the story is.I'm not here to defend Frank Miller's movies at all (some at a totalwaste of time), but even he did so much better than this pathetic copythat it's almost embarrassing.
Ditch this nonsense and don't get tricked by it's cover.
I think that with this movie the director really tried to make a hybridversion of "Natural Born Killers", "Sin City" and "The Crow" and healmost did it. The story while not too original still manages to keepyou interested and the same can be said for the cinematography, theanimation sequences, the camera work and the dialogue.
Unfortunately though I think the place where this movie really fallsdown hard is the quality of the acting. Sami Darr as Billy deserves aspecial mention in this category. He was trying so hard to be menacingand unpredictable like Woody Harrelson did as Mickey Knox but he cameacross about as scary as Mickey Mouse by comparison.
Overall it was a nice effort with some very good ideas (Such as thelong travelling shot where the camera takes us flying through the cityscape, passing through windows and keyholes along the way) butultimately it's a very disappointing experience.