Cinema: Wasted


Directed by Karel Reisz

Screenplay by Judith Rascoe and Robert Stone

Based on Dog Soldiers, Robert Stone's dark and ambitious novel of four years ago, this is a well-made, soberly intended film. It contains some dialogue and situations that have more ironic wit than one expects to find in an essentially depressed, and depressing, context. The trouble is that the movie deals predictably with an ugly milieu (drug dealing) and with characters whom one cannot, in the end, even pity.

What we have here is an ex-Marine (Nick Nolte), tough to the...

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