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James Ellroy's books are perfect for film noir dramatisations. The Black Dahlia is good, but doesn't capture the intensity of the book and fails to live up to its predecessor, LA Confidential. Mainly... Read more because the two polar opposite leads, Hartnett and Eckhardt are no match for their counterparts in LA Confidential, Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe.
This movie is really weird and hard to follow. If you watch this you have to watch carefully, can not be distracted otherwise you might miss something.
Would not recommend this to anyone unless... Read more you like to be dissappointed. Not as good as the writen stuf
Great line of actors, good story great costumes, recommend watch. Hillary plays a very different character in this one.
Twisted mystery story line around the true mystery of the Black Dahlia's Murder in the USA during the 40's. A tweak in the ending. I enjoyed it.
Eden's review is spot on - I have read the book and loved LA Confidential so was hoping for much but still found it impossible to follow - partly because you just don't care about the characters. REALLY DISAPPOINTING.
I was really looking forward to this movie, the idea behind it, the black dahlia killing being one of Hollywoods greatest mysteries, made me eager to watch this offering. Sadly it in no way lives up... Read more to my expectations, from the get go the storyline was ill concieved and hard to follow, and I dont usually have issues with following a storyline at all. This in turn made it hard to have any feelings for the characters, the acting was 'ok' but not as good as it should of been, even the film noir feel they tried to give this film was just somehow not coming across right, I didnt like the ending, and while this is just one take on what could of been behind the real murder none of it rang very true, hopefully someone in the future will do a better remake.
This movie was an incomprehensible mess. No plot to follow. Actors mumbled think it was cool, it wasn't. Obviously they tried to make it like a 40's movie but it failed because the actors could have... Read more at least spoken clearly. I have no idea still what was going on. It wasn't even scary.
It's a big, expensive, incomprehensible mess. It should have been terrific, but it's a huge missfire all round.
Wish I had read the reviews first; this film thinks it is far cleverer than it is, and instead is tangled, inconsistent and most inexcusably - dull.
This film is not terrible, it's worth seeing, it's just not a classic. I understand if you can't give a good review to everything but just renting this is hardly going to ruin your life.