uh, they also turned Martha Beck into a sexpot whore and femme fatale. that scene where she blew the cop so he wouldn't check the registration!? come on! artistic license is one thing, but that's just silly.
then again, this movie commits the even worse crime of underusing Laura Dern, so far be it for me to just nitpick at one thing.
This film was obviously the director's tribute to his grandpa (though I'm not sure how casting John Revolta can be seen as a tribute to anyone!), by portraying him as a determined cop devoting his life to catching two killers, but also with a sensitive and good-natured joking side. Martha and Ray are just part of his story.
I said "look, man, I don't take my clothes off for RIP CAGE, even if it is artistic!"
I would think that most people would like john travolta to play them in a movie. I do think it was the director's tribute to his grandfather and being able to take artistic license is his right. You may not like what they turned her into, but by today's standards for movies thats what people seem to want to see.
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Because the size of the woman involved in this case plays into it. While I think that Hayak's acting was excellent, i felt the could have at least padded her.
And as far as the director's grandfather, there's a picture in the dvd featurette that you can see the resemblance between Travolta and grandfather. I mean, he's the director and I am sure he would know if Travolta would or wouldn't do justice to his grandfather.
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