Occasionally, stories surface in the news media that smack of the “wouldn’t this make a great movie” syndrome. Cinematizing such events can be a risky proposition. In the hands of a screenwriter and director who possess both an original cinematic vision and a well-thought-out handle on the material (such as Frank Pierson and Sidney Lumet, with the Wojtowicz account that inspired Dog Day Afternoon
) this can embody a magnificent coup; other examples (see Tony Scott’s Domino
) make one wish that those responsible would stick to fictional conceits in lieu of insulting real-life characters with shoddy, sophomoric treatment.
Christian Carion’s Far...