Does Not Deserve The Negativity. It's A Great Film
I just saw the film today and went into it expecting it be to a crapfest, and best case scenario just ok. How wrong I was.
Let me get the bad out of the way first. It is easily visible that a good chunk was cut out, and that chunk might have changed the minds of a few viewers. However, even with the edits, I still saw a very well made film.
I honestly thought it flowed nicely and wasn't scratching my head as to what was going on and why.
The film had amazing performances. Especially from James Remar, Bob Hoskins, and Gregory Hines. I normally hate Richard Gere, but I actually enjoyed his performance here which is nothing short of a miracle. Diane Lane, Julian Beck, Fred Gwynne, and Lonette McKee weren't slumming it either.
It was an entertaining, well-filmed, and well acted film. If I can sit down for two hours and come out feeling that I watched something that not entertained me, but was also an enriching experience then I'm happy. Sure the film could have more potenial with added footage, but this could apply to a lot of films.
If what we got was something good, I can live with it.
As it stands this is a great film, and I wish it had gotten a better shake.