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07/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Midnight Express review

"I know it may sound all crazy to you. This place is crazy." The story revolves around college student Billy Hayes which began in Istanbul, 1980. He meets Jimmy and Eric inside prison after being caught with hashish. Mike Kellin (Mr. Hayes) visits and tries to get his son out. After 3 and a half years, he is still imprisoned. Had some good dialogues with lines: "People sometimes get on his nerves." - Erich. "I'm just saying, that's the way it is." - Billy. Has some overreacting with the acting and bad portrayal of Turks, for more dramatic effect for the movie. It was baffling how the police uniform fit nicely on Billy after killing a hefty guy. The soundtrack was riveting and the pace though somewhat sluggish near the conclusion. Still, Midnight Express shows how grueling it is...

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02/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Midnight Express" by Yojimbo

Midnight Express is the true story of a young American who is caught trying to smuggle drugs out of Turkey and is made an example of by the courts and left to rot in a Turkish prison. Alan Parker's extremely bleak prison drama is probably a little light on historical accuracy (it was adapted by Oliver Stone from a book written by the prisoner himself, hardly the most objective viewpoints) but strong on atmosphere and tone. It's one of those films where you start thinking "this isn't so bad", but whenever hope is presented, the rug is yanked from under them resulting in a spiralling sense of hopelessness and degradation. Parker's direction has a great use of location and composition and the central performances believable, but it does have a few weaknesses; the soundtrack is clumsy and int...

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