Imperium – Zwei Welten prallen aufeinander (2002)15K
Imperium – Zwei Welten prallen aufeinander: Directed by Franc. Reyes. With John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Vincent Laresca. A successful South Bronx drug dealer turns his back on his roots and gives money to a Wall Street broker to invest for him.
“Just caught up with this film on cable. I never saw it when it was released, and frankly, it was my loss. Franc. Reyes has directed a surprising first feature that has a glossy noirish look. It speaks volumes for a new director to have a style thatu0026#39;s easy on the eye as well as for the mind.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eJohn Leguizamo is a huge talent. I have seen him on stage in almost all of his solo presentations and can tell anyone that this man is a dynamo. He never stops surprising; he has a range that few others have and he uses it to his advantage. Mr. Leguizamou0026#39;s Victor makes a deep impression. We never let our eyes leave Victor for a moment; this man is the product of the streets, but he proves to have a mind of his own and a sophistication that are not easy to match.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe idea of casting Peter Sargaard as Jack was pure genius. This actor is about one of the best working in films at the moment. In the movie he is the suave Jack who has a hidden agenda. Mr. Sargaard perfectly balances the action. His character is the product of the best schools. Victor is impressed because Jack accepts him from the beginning without apparent reservations or prejudice.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe problem with the film is that we know how itu0026#39;s going to end, and we werenu0026#39;t wrong. It was predictable, but the director and the two principals made the film a joy to watch.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe rest of the cast was fine, especially Denise Richards, a beautiful Delilah Cotto, who can give JayLo a lot of competition in the looks department, and Isabella Rosellini, who is perfect as La Colombiana with her big hair and furs.”