Edmond Burke is assigned to meet with a client for his dismal job armed with a piece of paper with the numbers "1:15" on it. When he arrives at the appointment, he is told that it has been abruptly rescheduled. That evening Edmond decides to leave his wife and suburban life for good and heads for the city. He encounters a door with the numbers "115" on it. Inside is a fortune teller who tells him that he is not where he belongs and the tarot cards read the numbers...you guessed it "115". After leaving the fortune teller, Edmond decides to have a little fun at the expense of some strippers and hookers. When discovering the market value of strippers and hoes are too expensive for him, he tries his luck at winning some extra cash by playing a Three Card Monty game with some street hustlers. When that doesn't pan out, Edmond goes to a pawn shop to sell his wedding ring for additional cash. Instead of hookers, he uses the cash to purchase a brass knuckle/knife combo. After leaving the pawn shop he runs into a man who promises to take him to score some cooch...but when he arrives, alas it's all trick and no treat. Edmond then meets waitress and aspiring actress Glenna (Julia Stiles) in a restaurant and they go back to her apartment for sex. Afterwards, things go horribly wrong. This event creates a downward spiral for Edmond that descends him further into madness until he lands in jail. Will Edmond become someone's prison bitch or will he beat the rap? No more spoilers from me y'all.
I caught this film very late one night. I had to go to work the next day but I could not turn it off. Anything with William H. Macy in it will get my attention, I think he's awesome. He doesn't disappoint here. It was truly terrifying to watch his descent into madness. With each incident, his character gets crazier and crazier. I purposely left out a lot of details so I don't give too much away. The film also features George Wendt of Cheers fame, Bokeem "Muthafuckin" Woodbine, Bai Ling, Julia Stiles, Denise Richards, Dule' Hill, and Joe Mantegna. The scenes with Bokeem are some of the best in the film. I think this film chronicles how the dark side of an individual can lay dormant until something draws it out of them. Edmond on the surface is a normal fellow until he encounters the ugly, mean streets that expose him to racism, homophobia, and all the other horrors of urban America. Another great thing about the film, you get to see William H. Macy's nekkid ass...oh joy! The ending left me a bit speechless and was just as shocking as the rest of the film. This reminded me of another White man gone bananas film, American Psycho. I really enjoyed this and was pleased that I stayed up to watch the outcome. This contains strong language, use of the N-bomb and tons of violence, so please tuck the kiddies into bed before viewing.
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