Day #56, March 27th, 2016.

Still from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).

As far as bad drug trips go, Terry Gilliam’s filmography boasts of a fine collection. I say bad because of what generally happens to his films’ protagonists. This is just one such example in the man’s career which includes Brazil and 12 Monkeys; a psychedelic, garden-variety hallucination whose characters are hell bent on trying every fiendish limit of being an oddball, and being an asshole.

Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro annihilate sensibility in every sense of the word, in two appropriately brain-fried performances in this meandering, fascinating epic of the dark human psyche, and the elusive, idealistic ‘American Dream’.

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