June 20, 2004

Dirty Pretty Things

Spoilers below!

London is the setting for this tale, but all of the characters are immigrants, except for one bloke with a quickly passing part at the end. The hero, Okwe, is from Nigeria; Senay, the chick/damsel-in-distress is from Lebanon; the doorman is from Russia, the villain is from Spain, and the confidant is from London, but looks like he's from Seoul.

They are mostly all employed at a posh London hotel -- illegally. Immigration violations are the least of the illicit activity going on in this hotel, but I won't spoil it that much. This is a really good story about human beings trying to survive in a hostile world, and to what lengths they will go to do that. Dirty Pretty Things is really well done -- a definite thumbs up. It was up for and won many awards.

This film reminded me of The Shawshank Redemption. They are similar in their stories of despair and injustice with endings that are just too good to be true. Dirty Pretty Things does not do this on the fairy tale scale of the Tim Robbins film, but the end makes you go, "Yeah!" And the hero whom you've come to love due to his angelic virtuosity and selflessness, gets away to where he wants to go.

I had a hard time getting a movie watched with all our state-changing activity. In fact, I had to spread the viewing between Friday night and Saturday morning. Once we get moved I intend to find the DVD and get Lucy to watch it. This was the last day of my Movielink download. I can't believe that we've had the Return of the King DVD for almost two weeks and have yet to watch it.

Posted by Wayne at June 20, 2004 12:57 AM
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