|THE YOUNG AMERICANS (director/writer: Danny Cannon; screenwriter: David Hilton; cinematographer: Vernon Layton; editor: Alex Mackie; music: David Arnold; cast: Harvey Keitel (John Harris), Iain Glen (Edward Foster), Craig Kelly (Christian O'Neill), Viggo Mortensen (Carl Frazer), John Wood (Richard Donnelly), Terence Rigby (Sidney Callow), Keith Allen (Jack Doyle), Thandie Newton (Rachel Stevens); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Paul Trijbits/Alison Owen; Lionsgate (Live Entertainment); 1993-UK)|
|"It looks too
much like an American gangster film for the
Brits to own it."
by Dennis Schwartz
25-year-old newcomer Danny Cannon ("Judge
Dredd"/"Phoenix"/"I Still Know What
You Did Last Summer") directs a
visually pleasing mobster pic that flubs because it
can't overcome the bad script written by the director
and David Hilton.
Harris (Harvey Keitel) is an experienced
NY-out-of-LA detective sent by the DEA
to London to help Brit lawmen investigate drug
trafficking by organized crime, as related to a string
of murders and the terrorizing of nightclubs. Carl
Frazer (Viggo Mortensen)
is the American psycho drug dealer behind the mayhem
that's committed by young punks. Christian
Kelly) is the nightclub bartender
who bravely goes undercover after his dad is killed.
ambiance, the dark film fills the screen with
brash coppers, inter-racial youth and grungy
back-streets. It looks too much like an
American gangster film for the Brits to own it.
REVIEWED ON 6/8/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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