When a writing assignemnt lands journalist Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and sidekick Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) in Las Vegas, they decide to make ot the ultimate business trip. But before long, business is forgotten and trip has become the key word. Fueled by a suitcase full of mind-bending pharmaceuticals, Duke and Gonzo set off on a fast and furious ride through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of the craziest characters ever (including cameo appearances by Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci, Gary Busey and many others). But no matter where misadventure leads them, Duke and Gonzo discover that sometimes going too far is the only way to go.
You'd have to be stoned to enjoy this! Cult book, not a cult film. Drug fuelled road trip, this was boring to watch and most of the jokes fell flat. Perhaps it is an acquired taste, viewing 2 guys smashed out of their brains sticking 2 fingers up to society, disturbing scenes and shock for shocks sake, just doesn't fo it for me. Wasted - a good description not only of the state of the leads, but of my time spent on this trashy disappointment. Terry Gilliam is my marmite, I either love his films, or hate them, and there is seldom any middle ground. Both leads are convincing and I tip my hat to them for their performances, the music is worth mentioning as it is by far the best feature of the movie, the rest though I have to give a great big fart sounding rasberry.
Plot:Martin (Michael Keaton) travels to Monaco to check on some "suspicious" activities of a film production. With millions of dollars at stake, certain shady investors decide to set him up to get rid of him permanently. Martin is framed for the murder of the Monaco Police Chief and finds himself a fugitive from justice. Now he must find out who is behind this scheme and race to find Jake (Michael Caine) - the only person who can help prove his innocence - before they find and kill him.
My Review: With the feel of a made for TV movie, this disappointing flick wastes some acting talent with a dumb and tensionless script. Half-hearted performances from the likes of Keaton and Caine, who would probably like to scrub this from the CV's. It is the tired old Russian mafia kidnaps kid and frames innocent script, and there is nothing to rave about regarding an exciting twist at the end, there wasn't one. The budget must have been spent on the stars, as there was nothing left for the film, which was mostly shot in cheap studio locations and without any major action scenes. The only positives were the scenes shot in the European cities, and the acting of Kathleen Wilhoite which was head and shoulders above the others. Literally sunk like Quicksand.