Before Ocean's Eleven, before Traffic, and before Erin Brockovich, director Steven Soderbergh did The Limey, a revenge thriller that is definitely not up to part with his other work.
The Limey starts Terence Stamp as a British ex-con who has traveled to Los Angeles to kill the man (Peter Fonda) who he believes killed his daughter. He doesn't care to ask questions or respect anything; he just wants to put the man to rest, no matter what.
Soderbergh presents the story in a relatively incoherent matter; he jumps around from time period to time period for dramatic effect without caring whether or not it is fun to watch. At times he shows what Stamp wants to do, even though that's not what he is actually doing. And furthermore, he occasionally has characters talking while their lips aren't moving.
Some people may enjoy the artistic approach to the movie, but considering that The Limey is a revenge thriller, it would have been nice to see something a little more basic.
Aside from the awkward direction of the film, The Limey is weird anyway. Stamp's character is off the wall; at times he makes no sense, and at other times, even if he is making sense, it is pretty hard to understand what he is saying. Stamp does a good job, but his character is more dangerous than any of the bad guys.
The Limey has a decent story to tell, but take away the crazy direction and strangely deep main character and there is nothing but a simple revenge plot that has been done a hundred times before. At times the movie is entertaining, but quite often just becomes lost in itself.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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