Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)

Rating: ***
Release Date: 5/22/98
Director: Terry Gilliam
Based On A Story By: Hunter S. Thompson
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

A bizarre but entertaining entry from Terry Gilliam about a couple of guys who drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with a trunk full of drugs. Much like "Pulp Fiction," nothing ever really happens in the film and it's more of a character study than anything else. Johnny Depp is amazing. His performance and charisma alone hold the film together, and his narrative voice is perfect. As you would expect from Gilliam, there are some great visual effects that kick in at about the same time that the acid does, but they sadly give way to more conventional scenes of chaos and decadence later in the film. Now I see why all of my friends in high school liked the book so much.