I'm not a huge fan of David Mamet's work as a director but I was rather curious to check his sophomore directing effort, even though it seems to be a rather obscure flick. Basically, it is a minimalist gangster movie with some dry humor. It features two strong performances by Don Ameche and Joe Mantegna who perfectly deliver the typical Mamet's dialog. There were also William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman with small parts. There is some kind of poetry to the proceedings and it defers with your typical gangster flick in the sense that there is no shooting, no chases, no violence whatsoever, at least, not on the screen. No, it is a character driven picture and I thought it made a very interesting viewing. Still, it remains an acquired taste since nothing much happpens during the whole thing and the tempo is rather slow. To conclude, even though it is a rather osbcure flick, it is actually pretty good and definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in David Mamet's work.