People looking for a plot are missing the point (by myke-15)
This movie is a realistic portrayal of the meth lifestyle, not because it's a realistic movie, but because it's a bunch of tweakers very busy doing nothing. My friend and I laughed during the whole movie because we both knew people who fit the characters in the film perfectly. If you don't know anyone into drugs this movie probably won't appeal to you. The moviemakers get a lot of facets of the lifestyle spot-on, like the importance of the car. The main character is the most important person in the movie, even more important than the cook, because he's got a car. A lot of <more>
the movie is spent driving around on various crank-related missions, most of them pointless. And that's really what being a crankster is about, getting high for the sake of getting high and finding ways to fill all that extra time they now have. If the characters come off as blunted and one-dimensional it's because that's how the people they're portraying are.
I Love this movie, A lot of people might dismiss it as needless strange or, worse, unnecessary. It is great, because it humanizes drug addicts. it shows that a speed freak is never just a speed freak, but a person with a life in distress. too often people with drug addictions are dismissed as eyesores or vagabonds who deserve harsh treatment, but the movie takes us into their lives. Most Importantly, the characters are not supposed to be heroes, they are just a cross-section of junkie culture. plus, the scenes with the cops are hilarious, and seeing Debbie Harry throw a six-pack at a <more>
guy's head and then kick him in the gut was priceless. To review, deals with oft over-looked subject matter in an objective way, some great cameos, imaginative film-making, I give it an A-Plus.
My eyes were wide open through this roller coaster ride of drugs, sex, violence, and drugs. If you are familiar with meth and its addicts, I think, you'll enjoy and at the same time be more sadden watching this film because what you'll see is bits of the truth in the world of meth-heads. Although, I think, some people instead of feeling sympathy for the characters might just be in for a laugh.This film was wonderfully done and casted. All actors in this film, I believe, portrayed their characters very well. They were right on point! Watching this... I got irritated and anxious. A <more>
great film and excellently directed. I actually watched this film twice. Yeah... I'm a loser, what can I say?
In the genre of "drug films" this one has to be, in my opinion, one of the best. The aesthetics and dynamics are spot on. The gritty, filthy and discordant atmosphere encrusted around the typical meth-head's life looks and feels like the real deal here. John Leguizamo and Mena Suvari are dead on in their portrayals of two dysfunctional people in a relationship mixed with sex, love and drugs or more appropriately, love FOR drugs . Mickey Rourke's character conveys a menacing presence delivered through the actor's characteristic cool and laid back style. Of course <more>
Brittany Murphy's character is a continuous delight and pleasure to behold in every way. Even the police presence is entertaining. The whole package gives the feel of being right there. Not to mention a "healthy dose" of delusional hallucinations for you to chew on in between heart palpitations. If you're looking for a great "druggie" film with a strong comedic undertone, I guarantee you'll get your fix with this one.
About a month ago my friend told me about this movie, after hearing about it on Late Night with Conan O'Brien or Carson Daly's show, which ever. So I went to the website and was immediately enamored. Being that it was not out in ANY theater within a 150 mile radius of me, I did what any blue blooded American would do. Download it. Unfortunately, I was only able to download the first half. Well, the first half kept me begging for more and for four weeks I waited for it to come out, watching the first half at least once a week. Today I finally purchased it, and I am not disappointed. <more>
Such an amazing movie should be up there with Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting. If you can take a great dark comedy, go check it out. Get Spun.-Pete
As other commenters said, it's hard to relate to this film unless you've been in the users' situation. In my case, I'm in the center of a bunch of users. This film moreorless glamorizes the drug Meth, until it get towards the end. It is a little unrealistic in some scenes, but overall the idea of being spun and doing absolutely nothing constructive is very realistic. The soundtrack to this is A+, I wish they'd release it. The actors are all amazing, and I'd say at their best in this.The story isn't really the most fantastic thing you'll find, but what is really <more>
fantastic about getting high of chemicals?The directing was phenomenal! It's amazing what you'll pick up every time you'll watch it. Any indie film lover will begin pointing out film-geek things like the symbolism of the car. A run down dumpy Volvo that is an ongoing symbol of the main character. Just overworked, clocking mileage, and always getting dinged up here and there... stuff like that.
This film was great! Many people have compared it to Requiem for a Dream, however I preferred this movie. Requiem accurately depicted drug addiction and how low some people would sink for their next hit. It was a very depressing and powerful movie, not one I would ever want to watch again. You leave the theater feeling extremely drained. Spun is altogether different. The only thing they have in common is their central theme. Spun centers around Ross, the fairly normal speed freak as his addiction takes him farther and farther away from reality.Initially, I thought the characters were grossly <more>
overacted, however as the movie progressed, the opening sequences did not seem as far removed from Ross' world as I had originally thought. It was very interesting to see Ross' character move farther and farther away from reality. It was only a 3-day all-you-can-consume speed trip, however he started off as a normal guy with a drug problem and ended up on Mars, completely detached from reality. I also thought the cartoon sequences were very effective, they accurately demonstrated his impoverished state of mind while he was tripping. The audience got the impression he really was flying in his own world. It was interesting to see the lifestyles of the other people involved in the drug trade, most had been completely dehumanized by their dependence, living in squalor yet completely unaware of their surroundings.A great film! One that I can watch again for entertainment purposes only, but which also drives home the anti-drug message without being preachy. 8/10
Spun is all about methamphetamine addicts and their supplier the Cook . The film is an incredible mix of humor and desperation showing addicts losing everything to get their fix. All of the characters are at the lowest rung of society whether they realize it or not, but somehow the movie finds humor in a place that most would describe as hell.Ross Jason Schwartzman is a meth addict whose girlfriend has left him. His connection, Spider Mike John Leguizamo , keeps losing the supplies that he gets from the Cook Mickey Rourke . Among Spider's usual gang of idiots includes his significant <more>
other, the annoying Cookie Mena Suvari and Frisbee Patrick Fugit who seem to just want to hang around and get high. On one visit, the Cook's girlfriend, Nikki Brittany Murphy recruits Ross to take care of the Cook's transportation needs Ross seems to be the only one of them who owns a car . Frisbee gets busted by the cops and is set up as an informant to get Spider and hopefully someone further up the chain.The film is what I assume being on meth is like I've never done it and have no urge to do it , it's fast paced at times, but seems to be intentionally slow at others. The director used quite a few clips of things that already happened, hallucinations and animation to show what is going on. Sometimes directors go overboard with these techniques, but here it really works. You feel like these things are happening in the characters' heads and that they're on a roller-coaster. What really makes this film work is the cast. This is definitely an ensemble. In addition to the actors I already mentioned; Deborah Harry plays Ross' lesbian neighbor, Rob Halford of Judas Priest plays the porn shop clerk, and Billy Corgan plays a doctor. Eric Roberts makes an appearance as the Man the Cook's boss , and Pete Stormare and Alexis Arquette as a pair of cops who want to bust the meth ring.I really enjoyed this film, but it is a trip. After watching it, you feel strung out.
Less of a real movie, then merely a slice-of Drugie life about Ross Jason Schwartzman going about his life, weaving in and out of situations with his dealer John Leguizamo , his girlfriend Mena Suvari , the maker of his speed Mickey Rourke, a phenomenal actor , and his girlfriend Brittany Murphy . They all revolve around Ross because he has the car. Ross treats his girlfriend the incredibly HOT Chloe Hunter because he's a druggie fool. These people are all pond scum, freaks, and are all pathetic wastes of space. Fortunatly they all are hilarious to laugh at. No matter how screwed <more>
up your life is, there's always fools worse off. So grab a seat, open up a six pack or smoke up whatever, and laugh your F'n ass off. Plus you get to see Rob Halford, Deborah Harry, Ron Jeremy, and Billy Corgan in bit parts. And that, my friends, rocks.My Grade: B Unrated Columbia Tri-star DVD Extras: Commentary with director Jonas Akerlund and producer Creighton Vero; Second Commentary with producer Timothy Wayne Petternel and writer Will De Los Santos; 5 Deleted Scenes with more nudity from Chloe Hunter ; Music video; Poster and Photo Galleries; TV Spot; Faux Cookin Show and Theatrical Trailers; and Trailers for "Auto Focus" and "Levity" Eye Candy:Chloe Hunter shows EVERYthing; a few extras get topless