The directors second film tells the story of a mill worker, Bill (Richard Gere), who is on the run after he accidentally kills his supervisor. It sounds like a thriller, but Days of Heaven is more of a poetic and magical slice of life than anything else.
This film starts off very strong and for half its running time manages to exceed expectations. The story is a sequel to the original, starring some of the same characters and containing some fun in-jokes.
Now, as I said before, I don’t mind dark, dirty, horrifying films. And this film has those qualities in spades. It’s the story of a retired porn star who is hired for one last job that will get him enough money to leave the business for good.
Normally I don’t mind dark, disturbing, dirty films. I’m a fan of anything that can subvert the normal expectations of cinema. This time, it doesn’t work.