Take away the punk patina (such as the soundtrack—featuring Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, Fear, Suicidal Tendencies, and Iggy Pop) and the incredibly quotable dialogue and Alex Cox’s 1984 feature debut becomes less cult classic and more depressing portrait of America during Ronald Regan’s 1980s. Suburban Los Angeles teenage no-goodnik Otto (a pre-
ed Emilio Estevez) becomes a car repossessor under the tutelage of Bud (Harry Dean Stanton, playing the usual Harry Dean Stanton character). And they, the government, and some rival repo men are looking for a very specific Chevy Malibu. It’s a wild, darkly comic ride, but in the background is a version of an America littered with generic consumerism goods, television evangelism, and citizens one loose nut away from totally deranged.
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in
director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s thriller about a mysterious woman (Jolie) who uses an American vacationer (Depp) to elude law enforcement and some netherworld denizens. A remake of Jérôme Salle’s 2005
Opens Dec. 10