Dir. Stuart Gordon. 2005. R. 82mins. William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon, Julia Stiles, Jeffrey Combs.
Horror maven Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dagon) returns to his roots in the theater with this punchy adaptation of David Mamet’s compellingly toxic play about a bored suit and closet racist (Macy) who throws away his wife and his middle-class life in the course of one nightmarish night on the town. It’s grim stuff even by Mamet’s standards, but if he’s your cup of tea, then check this out. The squeaking floorboards typical in adaptations of plays are not a problem because Gordon knows what he’s doing.—Cliff Doerksen