"A film for anyone who has ever felt oppressed by
"Martin Scorsese's direction is flawless"
"You Talkin' To Me!"
Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese with Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster
Niro plays Travis Bickle, a Vietnam vet whose life is slowly spiralling
out of control. His descent into a paranoid, mental decline is totally and
utterly believable. This is truly De Niro's film, his awkward, menacing;
almost predatory manner make for one of cinema's most remarkable
anti-heroes. It is the performance of his career.
impossible for me to review Taxi Driver without sounding like a nutcase,
but I'll try my best. The film is about Travis Bickle, a lonely,
disillusioned war veteran who joins a taxi service because he can't sleep
at nights (the filth and scum and general odour of degredation gives him
headaches). Gradually, through a series of brief but important
relationships with a beatiful campaign worker, a teenage prostitute, a
psycho who plans to kill his wife and a presidential candidate, Travis
becomes ever more warped on "really DOING something". I won't ruin the
rest of it for you, even though most people will know what happens by the
film's reputation anyway. What makes this film great is its atmosphere,
combined with Robert De Niro's disturbingly casual performance as Travis.
His monotonous drawl, especially when reading his diary entries, somehow
adds to film's unnerving acceptance of what ensues to create a general
sense of inevitability about what happens.
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