This was a movie that
could have been so much more than what it ended up being. A promising
story with decent actors let down by poor timing and a script that
needed a fair bit of tightening up. All three stories in this feature
take place on Staten Island, hence the title. In a style pretty much
pioneered in todayís popular culture by Quentin Tarantino, all three
stories tie into each other, with the final tale doing the reveal and
showing why the actions in the first two tales were undertaken.
What we have are
stories featuring the mob, a septic tank cleaner and a deaf mute deli
worker. The tale begins from the mob angle and works its way to its
I found that so
much more could have been done with this movie, which by the way was
enjoyable but not so that I could highly rate it. I just found it to
drag on and the way the movie was shot was pretty ordinary, feeling like
a home move at the best of times. The performance of Vincent DíOnofrio
was pretty lacklustre and felt phoned in. Ethan Hawke always inspires me
but once again in some of the key scenes he seemed a bit unhinged and
unconvincing. I just never felt dragged enough into the tale by these
guys that I could score the movie higher.
actor in this story was Seymour Cassel who played the part of the deaf
mute deli worker Jasper Sabiano. His facial expressions brought to life
his role and I couldnít look away when he was on screen. This part of
the tale was a delight to watch, however not enough to pick up the
pieces for the rest of the feature in my opinion.
Iím not sure
whether to recommend this or not. The story could have been great, but
wasnít. The actors were capable of delivering solid performances but
didnít. If you want to see what could potentially have been a good story
then sure rent this bad boy. Donít buy it.