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One Night Stand review

Posted : 11 years ago on 26 November 2012 10:26 (A review of One Night Stand)

Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Kyle MacLachlan, Ming-Na and Robert Downey, Jr. star in this disappointing followup to Mike Figgis's Oscar-winning hit "Leaving Las Vegas".

Snipes plays Max Carlyle, an L.A. photographer married with a wife Mimi (played by Ming-Na) and has two children with her, who is visiting New York meeting with his friend Charlie (Downey), who is suffering from AIDS. While out for a job meeting, he sees Karen (Kinski), a rocket scientist out for her meeting and the two become instantly attracted to each other, resulting in the titular one night stand.

A year has passed with Max and Mimi visiting Charlie, who is dying from the disease, and Charlie's brother Vernon (MacLachlan) is also there. Vernon also brings out his new wife, who happens to be Karen, resulting in some consequences for the two lovers.

The main result in this film is a convoluted and catastrophic mess of a story that could've furthered its main plot. Snipes and Kinski share little chemistry together as an on-screen couple, MacLachlan and Ming-Na barely did any favors playing their respective spouses and as for Downey, he did the best he could with his part, yet was not enough to salvage the film from drifting apart.

Joe Eszterhas was the original writer behind this film, but Figgis rewrote the entire script in order to make it his version of it and Eszterhas disassociated himself from the entire product. Following a string of well-received films early on including "Stormy Monday", "Internal Affairs" and of course "Leaving Las Vegas", Figgis's career went to a steep decline, resulting in some barely released films later on, including the awful suspense thriller "Cold Creek Manor". In the end, don't waste your time watching this mess.

Rating: 4 out of 10.

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