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(2023) (Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger) (R)
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- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A pre-WWII era detective tries to find a missing man and how he's connected to an ever-expanding network of powerful and unscrupulous people.
It's 1939 in Los Angeles and Philip Marlowe (LIAM NEESON) is a former cop who previously worked in the district attorney's office alongside Joe Green (IAN HART) and Bernie Ohls (COLM MEANEY) but is now self-employed as a private detective. With his reputation preceding him, wealthy socialite Clare Cavendish (DIANE KRUGER) -- daughter of widowed oil baroness Dorothy Quincannon (JESSICA LANGE) -- hires Marlowe to find her lover, film studio prop master Nico Peterson (FRANÇOIS ARNAUD) who's mysteriously gone missing.
Not long into his investigation, Marlowe learns that Nico reportedly was killed in a hit-and-run accident -- with his sister, Lynn Peterson (DANIELA MELCHIOR) -- identifying the body, but then Clare informs the detective that she spotted Nico in Tijuana. And thus, Marlowe continues his search, including visiting an exclusive club run by Floyd Hanson (DANNY HUSTON) just outside of which Nico allegedly was killed.
He also has a run-in with crime figure Lou Hendricks (ALAN CUMMING) and his driver/henchman Cedric (ADEWALE AKINNUOVE AGBAJE), all while wondering how a mysterious figure known only as The Ambassador (MITCHELL MULLEN) might be involved. As Marlow digs deeper, he finds a complex scenario that he must unravel to determine whether Nico is alive or not, how everything fits together, and what the ultimate motive is behind what's transpiring.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some older teens might, mainly if they're fans of anyone in the cast or pulpy noir detective tales.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language, violent content, some sexual material, and brief drug use.
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