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Entropy
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by Chef ADogg

"Give him some lines--he's the EDGE, for God's sakes!"
2 stars

I found out this movie existed about a week ago, and, boy, was I excited. The commerical promised some new Phil Joanou, cool Hollywood dirt about the making of films like "State of Grace," and speaking parts for the members of U2. I honestly could not imagine anything more wonderful.

What a letdown, then. It just goes to show that even when you combine a bunch of your favorite things, the end result can still be pretty embarrassing to watch.

Entropy is ostensibly about a young director named Jake, and his struggles breaking into the studio system and maintaing a serious relationship. Those in the know, however, will recognize most of this as autobiographical--it's really the story of how Phil Joanou, a super-talented young director, became an unbankable Hollywood failure.

Jake/Joanou is played by Stepehn Dorff, with a highly noticeable lack of conviction. Clad in a white t-shirt and nicely-pressed boxers, Dorff guides us through the film with one of those idiotic talking-directly-at-the-screen narrations, and it's very, very grating. It seems like he's going for the whole "resigned to my fate" thing, but he's so ludicrously mannered that most of the time he just seems like some guy with a big stick up his ass.

Dorff isn't helped much by the rest of the cast. Judith Godreche has the second-biggest part as Stella, a woman who spots Jake at a fashion show and then has sex with him many, many times. The love story really doesn't work, mostly because the two actors involved can't act. Dorff is hammy in the argument scenes--yeah, if my woman broke up with me from three thousand miles away, I'd probably stomp the phone too. But I'd also take a few hours to cry afterward. So, he nails about half of the emotions required by the role. Godreche. . .Well, Godreche looks like a monkey and emotes like one, too. It's a shame when directors hire actresses simply because they're willing to show their boobies in a movie.

Lauren Holly and Jon Tenney pop up for a few scenes as a Hollywood couple, and they're pretty amusing. It's funny to me that Lauren Holly is the biggest name in this movie. Kelly MacDonald has a fairly small role, but she's actually rather decent--she looks like she's having fun, which is always nice. Also enjoying themselves are Frank Vincent and Hector Elizondo as profane Hollywood axemen. Somebody give Frank Vincent a starring role.

Then there's U2. The reason I rented this stupid movie in the first place. First of all, I thought they were going to spend some serious time on screen, but that just ain't so. Bono has maybe ten lines total, and Larry Mullen Jr. is the only other member who speaks. Where's Edge? Where's Adam Clayton? Why does Lauren Holly get more screen time than the best rock band on earth? Alright, my second beef: Bono's given absolutely nothing to do. Why? Here we have the most charismatic man in music and the best line you can give him is "You're fucked"? And my final complaint: There are only 2 U2 songs on the soundtrack; the rest of the music is some dumb half-ass techno drivel. Once again. . . Why? When I rent a movie just because U2 is involved, I want to hear a lot more than a crappy live version of "Mofo."

I wanted to like "Entropy." I really did. But it wasn't very good. The direction is music video wacky, the acting is thin, and there's just not enough U2. Phil Joanou finally breaks away from Hollywood, and THIS is what he makes? It'd be funny if it weren't so damn pathetic.

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originally posted: 03/27/00 11:55:05
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User Comments

1/26/09 Shaun Wallner Awesome Film. 5 stars
2/21/05 Kristina Great movie! My favorite by far. Wish it was on DVD! 5 stars
10/10/04 Terry Beautiful and atmospheric. 5 stars
5/14/03 _dk_ great!!! 5 stars
4/12/03 jay this movie is really well thought out and good 5 stars
3/15/03 Marcelo Great film very different, simple and excelent soundtrack. 5 stars
4/26/02 Dan G Done well. I can really relate to it! 5 stars
3/08/02 poo brilliant fucking flick! 5 stars
1/28/02 Flynn Critics were way too harsh on this movie, I enjoyed this movie allot. 4 stars
12/11/01 timm Saw iton HBO, knew nothing about it, and really liked it, I have watched it about three tim 5 stars
9/07/01 Bill Kovac My wife and I just watched this video and thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters! 5 stars
7/08/01 Roy Smith Found this gem on cable one day. Wow, it's great! Caught me off guard! 5 stars
6/28/01 Oliver So good 5 stars
4/05/01 Paul K Awesome cinimatography, killer soundtrack 5 stars
2/22/01 Ca$h A great movie; one that actually sticks out in my mind as something different. 5 stars
2/12/01 Jared Excellent movie! 5 stars
1/16/01 Ian An absolute stinker 1 stars
10/31/00 Scot Chief A Dogg is a petty-bitch nitpicker, You want U2, rent rattle n hum idiot. 4 stars
10/31/00 Kev Orkian Have a look for one reason: The brilliant work of Director of Photography, Carolyn Chen 5 stars
9/04/00 ECK Better than I thought it would be. 3 stars
6/13/00 Mark Anderson Interesting, compelling, and original. Perhaps too much like a video, but that's forgivable 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  15-Apr-1999 (R)

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Directed by
  Phil Joanou

Written by
  Phil Joanou

Cast
  Stephen Dorff
  Kelly MacDonald
  Lauren Holly
  Judith Godréche
  Hector Elizondo
  Bono



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