Watch: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 123movies, Full Movie Online – Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off-screen. This is the story of a legendary showman’s double life – television producer by day, C.I.A. assassin by night. At the height of his television career, Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell) was recruited by the C.I.A. and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris claimed..
Plot: Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.
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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: 8/10
George Clooney’s directorial debut is a compelling dramatic biopic about `Gong Show’ host Chuck Barris, who claims to be a hit man for the CIA. Barris started out small, but decided to go for the big time and move to New York, where he got a job at NBC. Soon he becomes a manager type person, and creates an idea for a game show called `The Dating Game’. It becomes a hit, but he feels unfulfilled, even though he has Penny (Drew Barrymore). Also, Jim Byrd (Clooney) from the CIA recruits Barris to kill for the CIA. As we watch the movie, we don’t know which is true and which is a figment of his imagination. Think of it as an R-rated Beautiful Mind.
Barris is played with great intensity by Sam Rockwell. Clooney took a risk of planting a not-well-known name as the lead. With such star power behind him like Clooney, Barrymore, and Julia Roberts, he stands out. Rockwell has starred in such movies before like Heist and The Green Mile, all three times with great acting. He brings out the inner demons of Barris. Rockwell was exceptional, and exceptionally believable. Even though he was billed fourth, he has his name out now and we can expect him in larger things.
Many scenes were standout, with their camera angles and unique way of playing it. At times it seemed like a play, with a wall disappearing, for instance. However, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind wasn’t as funny as I was hoping. Sure, some scenes were quite funny (like the scenes in the beginning where it was a montage of the f-word). It had an authentic feel to the 60’s (including the soundtrack), like Catch Me If You Can did. At times, it had a documentary style to it, which would have been more effective if they had more substance behind it, such as more of the interviews or none at all. Many of the camera shots were close-ups, which looked quite cool. I am a game show aficionado, so I thought that most of the time would be spent on Barris going onto the CIA, but it was evenly divided between the two, so I was happy.
At times, the mood was light-hearted, almost satirical, but at other points it was serious drama that poked at your emotions. As I said before, Rockwell is definitely lead material. Clooney did a good job portraying the CIA recruiter, and Barrymore is the other standout as Barris’ girlfriend. She and Rockwell, besides good chemistry, both displayed true emotions. Roberts, as another CIA agent, put in her usual mediocre performance, though she was better than normal. However, many characters have no substance behind them, namely Roberts, who was billed third and had about three scenes (which, I guess, is better than Jennifer Aniston in Office Space).
Possible the only downpoint of the movie was that at times, it got too trippy for its own good. Even Barris didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. It got a little too muddled in plot, such as who is who, at times. When Barris sees everyone who he killed, that was just weird. Anyway, I would highly recommend Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to about anyone.
My rating: 8/10
Rated R for language, sexual content and violence.
25 January 2003. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a gorgeous, well photographed, well acted, brilliant movie that brings together movie basic movie elements well.
The directing, the cinematography, the lighting, the entire techniques used in this movie capture a new level, a new pathbreaking step towards movie-making, much like Jaws did back in 1975. While not as popular nor as profitable as Jaws, Confessions encompasses a synthesis of great movie-making elements and packages them into an excellent movie for the cerebral and the critical film-going public. Julia Roberts has been cast into a great out of her box role. Sam Rockwell captures Chuck Barris movements and idiosyncracies and George Clooney continues his obsession with the full backside nudity of the male body this time as a director in this movie and as an actor in Solaris. This schizophrenic movie with a twist is full of humor and drama, of character-driven scenes with carefully planned uses of light and shadow, actual interviews intercutting. This is a serious and successful effort by a first-time director. With enchanting performances by Rockwell, Julia, Clooney, and Drew Barrymore.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min)
Genre Biography, Comedy, Crime
Director George Clooney
Writer Chuck Barris, Charlie Kaufman
Actors Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney
Country United States, Germany, Canada
Awards 7 wins & 12 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Aaton 35-III, Panavision Primo and Frazier Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo and Frazier Lenses
Laboratory Covitec, Montréal, Canada (dailies), Technique, Burbank (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length 3,110 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 500T 5279, Ektachrome 100D 5285)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383)