Thursday, July 01, 2010
"Highway" parts 1-3 subtitled in Spanish
"Highway with Jared Leto and Selma Blair. Jake’s character in Highway is something out of a Hunter S. Thompson novel. In fact, for better or for worse, it is obvious either Jake or the filmmakers had just come off viewing Johnny Depp’s performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when they brought Pilot Kelson to life. Highway, which bypassed theaters and was kicked straight to video, details the fleeing of two friends, Pilot and Jack (Leto), from Las Vegas. Jack got caught being overly amorous to the wife of an unpleasant individual with ruthless thugs working for him and to escape their wrath, Jack decides it is time to beat a hasty retreat. He drags Jake’s character, who is obviously the smarter of the two but not necessarily the wiser, along for the ride and they head for Seattle. The film takes place in the ‘90s directly ensuing Kurt Cobain’s death and some attempts to bring fruit to bear from this plot point are made, with little success. In fact, most of the plot points of their journey; the massive quantities of drugs and Pilot’s dealing, Selma Blair’s ex-prostitute character, the deformed alligator boy Pilot becomes enthralled with; wind up at dead ends. The title of the film fits though, as it’s no so much the destination but the trip that make the film work on the subtle level it does. Highway stands as a character piece, and while it is by no means a great effort, it is a noble one by three young and inexperienced actors.
Jake stands apart though, as Pilot traverses a wide spectrum of behaviors and emotions. Leto (whose only real credit of note was his first on ”My So Called Life”) and Blair (who the camera is quite kind to, but who doesn’t possess much spirit) are outclassed by him consistently scene by scene". Source: www.pictureshowpundits.com