The latest film from visionary director David Lynch, Island Empire is a labyrinth mystery which reunites him with Laura Dern, star of his earlier masterpieces Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. Dern plays Nikki Grace, an actress preparing for her biggest role yet; a Hollywood movie from an acclaimed director (Played by Jeremy Irons) opposite an amorous leading man (Justin Theroux), but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting, adding to her confusion is the revelation that the current film is a remake of a doomed polish production, 47, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. Working for the first time on Digital Video, Lynch has crafted a dazzling and disturbing vision of disintegrating identities and shifting realities which ranks amongst his very best work.
Did I miss a meeting??
- Inland Empire review by Kurtz
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Uhhh... no, sorry Dave, you've lost me there.
I enjoyed Lost Highway and was prepared to go with Mulholland Dr. but this is a whole different league of weirdness.Lynch jettisons minor considerations such as plot, characterisation and story development in favour of... well... talking rabbits, people arguing in Polish, grainy black and white footage of an old gramophone, death by screwdriver and huge close-ups of the less decorative members of the cast-and it's all topped of some three hours later with an unaccountably upbeat song-and -dance number.The only bright spot is Laura Dern, who throws herself fearlessly into all her multiple roles.
"What the bloody hell is going on?" barks Jeremy Irons,the director of the film that Dern is starring in before it all goes haywire. Well, if you don't know, mate...