This Long Beach thriller should have been a nice noir outing,
atmospheric and exciting, instead it's a lousy melodrama; it has a nice
cast (DeNiro, Dzundza again as a sidekick, DeNiro's movie exwife
Maggie), a great title, and nothing else. De Niro looked rather bored
and blasé. As I knew not what 'city by the see' stands for, I imagined
a small town atmospheric noir thriller.
CatonJones will not raise above the level of his own BASIC INSTINCT 2
and THE JACKALstarvehicles, essentially derivative and exploitative;
only that CITY BY THE SEA is below those, and yet another wasting of a
De Niro performance (--though CatonJones is not alone to blameas De
Niro himself looks rather uncooperative--). CatonJones' flicks
essentially lack kick, gusto and excitement, and this De Niro vehicle
is worse than usual. Other than 'Maggie', a movie with ugly actors.
De Niro's ex-wife Maggie (some Patti LuPone) is quite hot in the MILF
class, you can see her tits in her first scene, when her son comes home
at night. Otherwise, other than Maggie's tits, the flick is completely
disappointing, it has no atmosphere, and the noir is not an anaerobic
genre, De Niro's acting seems again to be on autopilot, something
happened to this guy, he looks wholly disabused and unappealingand
only think at the stallion he was in the '70s . It's not about age,
but about losing brio and direction.
Dzundza is quite uninspired in his supporting part, too. CITY BY THE
SEA recalled me Verhoeven not only because of CatonJones' BI
installment, but also because of Dzundza, much better as Douglas'
sidekick; Verhoeven knows how to do exploitation, CatonJones doesn't..
Why don't more people know about this movie!?!
I love this movie. It certainly is underrated. I'm so disappointed that
more people don't know about it. I recommend it to everyone that I talk
with about movies.
The acting is incredible, the story is well-written, the characters are
well-developed. I'm not a fan of drama at all, but I like Robert De
Niro -- I went to the theater thinking that this was going to be an
excellent action cop movie - De Niro as a NYC cop - what could be
Again, I'm not a fan of drama, but I was absolutely glued to the
screen. I've seen it many times now, and am as intrigued each time as I
was the first..