TUES­DAY

THE MEX­I­CAN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

9.30PM, ELEVEN ★★ ★ ★

The Mex­i­can just puts Brad Pitt and Ju­lia Roberts to­gether and lets the su­per­star sparks fl y. But di­rec­tor Gore Verbin­ski doesn’t take the easy way home. He keeps the stars apart for much of this sur­pris­ingly edgy left- of­cen­tre road movie and – be­lieve it or not – much more of a punch is packed as a re­sult. Though Pitt and Roberts – su­perbly cast as off - again, on- again lovers Jerry Wel­bach and Sa­man­tha Barzel – have their mo­ments to­gether at ei­ther end of a rather ropey caper tale, it is not their stel­lar pair­ing that will stay in your mind. What burns its own unique niche in the mem­ory is Roberts’ un­likely chem­istry with the late James Gan­dolfi ni ( of TV’s The So­pra­nos) as a sen­si­tive hitman.

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