Film Review: Stormy Monday (1988)

Film Review: Stormy Monday (1988)

Jul 5, 2018

Arrow Video recently released this early film from the two time Academy Award nominated director of Leaving Las Vegas, Mike Figgis.

Stormy Monday is a crime film from 1988 that looks and feels like something Michael Mann would have done. It had an impressive cast for a filmmaker who, at the time, had only made one made-for-TV movie. So while I like the history behind it and the look of the film, I can’t help but feel a little let down.

Sting, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Bean, and Melanie Griffith star in this film, all providing pretty ineffective performances. They play stereotypical, and sometimes even cartoon-ish, examples of shady politicians, bad boys, damsels in distress, and conniving businessmen. Their trials and tribulations all manage to lead up to a boring climax in an overall weak story of greed and corruption.

Collectors of crime and action films from this decade may see this as a must-own title. I, however, would look more into the works of Michael Mann and probably just stop there. There is a market for this title, I just think it will end up being one of the cheaper Arrow releases by the end of the year. So if you’re a strict label collector, you may already own this. If you’re in love with the genre, which I am not, you may be thinking about it. If you are a casual fan, I think you should wait to find a cheap used copy online.