Sunday, November 12, 2006

"Shadow Hours" review

Shadow Hours (2000)

Directed by Isaac H. Eaton
Writing credits Isaac H. Eaton

Balthazar Getty .... Michael Holloway
Peter Weller .... Stuart Chappell
Rebecca Gayheart .... Chloe Holloway
Peter Greene .... Det. Steve Andrianson
Frederic Forrest .... Sean
Brad Dourif .... Roland Montague

A gas station attendant is bored with his low paying, sober existence. Peter Weller pulls up in a black Porsche and proceeds to get this party started. He wants to show Balthazar how to have a good time in L.A. after dark. Weller knows where all the hidden parties are. They start slow with some bars and some strip clubs. It's just a little taste for Getty to get excited. Then they advance to underground fights and S&M clubs. Getty starts to lose his soul with the freaks in late night Los Angeles. It may be gone for good.

Peter Weller knows how to party. This guy never sleeps. He loves getting as depraved as possible every night. Getty cannot resist the temptation to party in the Shadow Hours with Weller. That pretty much sums up "Shadow Hours". It's the Weller party hours. Rebecca Gayheart shows up as Getty's concerned, pregnant wife.She frowns on all of Getty's nightlife activities. She's a downer, total buzz kill. Thanks to Weller, Getty knows how to have a good time.

"Shadow Hours" might be trying to be some sort of cautionary tale about living life too fast or it may just be a B-movie with some cheap thrills. Either way, I enjoyed it. It was a party. Like all movies that try to show you the downside of living wildly, they also have to show you the upside to a wild, wild life. Getty was having more fun with Weller than he was pumping gas. Sometimes, you just gotta cut loose, footloose, kick off those Sunday shoes. Oooh wee.

SCORE: 3 out of 4 Wellers partying down in the shadow hours

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