Film review: Inherent Vice

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 May, 2015, 10:37pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 May, 2015, 10:37pm
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Inherent Vice
Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

There's a lot to digest in every Paul Thomas Anderson film, and Inherent Vice is no different. That means you'll need two or three viewings before the storyline becomes clear.

Still, the director is one of the best, and he proves it again with this film, adapted from Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel of the same name. Set in 1970, the seedy picture is chock-a-block with interesting characters travelling through the back alleys of Los Angeles.

The plot is baffling in a few areas, but the thick atmosphere and strong performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Katherine Waterston make this yet another satisfying feature.

Phoenix plays Doc, a private investigator who's handling multiple jobs around Los Angeles. His concentration is on a missing real estate developer (Eric Roberts) and his girlfriend (Waterston), whom he used to date. As Doc delves deeper, he uncovers a whole other world that could pose a threat to his life.

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