Leaving Las Vegas Movie Review

Movie Review by Anthony Leong © Copyright 1997

Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue are two lonely people, both living a self-destructive life-- they see the self-destructive path which the other is on, but in their state of moral contradiction, they are unable to see the path they themselves are on. Cage plays a 'warm-and-fuzzy' drunk-- even though he is a drunk and he is trying to kill himself, the audience can only find sympathy for him-- his most impressive role to date. It is a depressing story, it doesn't end with your typical Hollywood ending, and it is disturbing in some parts, but if there ever was film and that exemplified the pain of isolation-- this is it.

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