Under the Silver Lake
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In this neo-noir black comedy thriller, Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a scruffy and seemingly aimless 33-year-old who is part of “…an entire generation of men obsessed with video games and secret codes” (as one character describes it). He’s motivated to action when his neighbor, Sarah (Riley Keough), seems to vanish overnight – leaving her apartment vacant. Although they hardly knew each other, a shared kiss from the night she vanishes fuels Sam’s obsession about figuring out what happened to her. He traverses an interesting and sometimes dark Los Angeles in his quest to solve what becomes a convoluted mystery. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and also starring Topher Grace.
- Andrew Garfield
- Wendy Vanden Heuvel
- Deborah Geffner
- Riley Keough
- Riki Lindhome
- Jeannine Cota
- Chris Gann
- Callie Hernandez
- Jessica Makinson
- Reese Hartwig
Did You Know?
- Andrew Garfield and Topher Grace have both appeared in at least one Spider-Man film. Garfield starred as Spider-Man in the Marc Webb series, while Grace starred as Venom in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
- When Sam drinks the tea, we see it to the right of him when the camera faces him. But, in the cut to the next shot behind him, he picks up the tea from his left.
- [from trailer]
- Sam: I found some kind of code or like, secret message in her apartment.
- Comic Fan: It means stay quiet. Our world is filled with codes, subliminal messages. From Silverlake to the Hollywood Hills.
Atom User Reviews
This is a very slow burn of a movie. Film Noir through and through. Think Big Lebowski, KISS Me Deadly, The Long Goodbye, with a healthy dose of David Lynch. Long running time but fun to see all the LA locations and odd humor and violence. Stoner detective may sum it up best.
It doesn’t help that the plot is tortuous, and the resolution is an inarguable letdown. And yet! Mitchell’s ambitions, observations, and moods make the picture a dippy blast, like a hallucinatory trip that definitely goes on too long but is well worth the insights and surprises.
If the destination ultimately proves a little less satisfying than the trip, Mitchell and his collaborators fill us with so many moody reveries that we succumb to its warped logic and indelible vividness.