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A burnt-out Hollywood big-shot (Garrett Hedlund) heads out into the Mojave Desert.

However, his sojourn for a spot of boozy, reckless soul-searching turns into a dangerous game of cat and mouse after he encounters a sociopathic Shakespeare-quoting drifter (Oscar Isaac).

Written and directed by William Monahan (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Departed), this offbeat movie is a strangely compelling mix of existential thriller and film industry satire.

Trailing a whiff of sulphur every time he appears, Isaac injects real menace into his role, while Mark Wahlberg is hilarious as a dumb, decadent Hollywood producer.