The Limey

By Jason Wojciechowski on March 20, 2003 at 6:36 AM

I watched The Limey tonight, and really liked it. It's interesting the bits of craft that Steven Soderbergh falls back on over and over again, across his movies (example: dialogue "out of sync" with visuals (not like bad dubbing, but like the dialogue starts while we're still faded out, or as we're fading out from the last scene, or the dialogue is over a montage, etc.)).

I have to wonder whether the Don Cheadle character in Ocean's Eleven (he's uncredited! His fabulous appearance in Rush Hour 2, the best part of the movie, was also uncredited. Let's get this guy some love!) was inspired by Terence Stamp's Wilson here. Cheadle's classic line, "So unless we intend to do this job in Reno, we're in Barney. Barney Rubble. Trouble!" is used, in essence, three different times in The Limey.

I liked Luis Guzman a lot, as I did in Boogie Nights and Out of Sight, and as I'm sure I did in Magnolia and Traffic, but I don't remember him in either of those.

Nicky Katt is still the man. His role in The Way of the Gun was almost a slicker reprisal of his (smaller) part in this movie. I liked him in both of those movies as well as Insomnia and Boiler Room, though his resume is sullied by an appearance (voice only) in Waking Life. I thank Austen for pointing him out to me.

Terence Stamp did a credible Michael Caine from Get Carter, I think.

The writer, Lem Dobbs, had worked with Soderbergh before, having written Kafka. He also co-wrote my favorite movie that everyon else hated, Dark City. Now, I would have sworn to you that Rip Torn was in that movie. Apparently, he was not. I don't know what I could have been thinking.