The End of Violence

Director: Wim Wenders
Writer: Nicholas Klein
Director of Photography:Pascal Rabaud
Editor:Peter Przygodda
Music:Ry Cooder
Production Designer:Patricia Norris
Producers:Deepak Nayar, Wim Wenders and Nicholas Klein
MGM; R; 122 minutes
Cast:Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell, Rosalind Chao, Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Benzali, Loren Dean, Traci Lind, Marisol Padilla Sanchez, K. Todd Freeman and Nicole Parker

Wenders once again brings his obsession with omniscience to the big screen in this ambitious but incohesive film. When a mysterious government file detailing a project to place LA under satellite surveillance is dumped into his E-mail, slick Hollywood producer Mike Max (Pullman) becomes the target of this new technology and is forced into hiding. Now that this formless threat has manifested itself in his life, Max must reevaluate the significance of America's preoccupation with violence — a fixation from which he once profited. The End of Violence raises some thorny questions about popular culture and its commodification of the violence that threatens to throw our everyday lives into disarray, but the examination of the tiny connections and disruptions that can occur between wildly different people is the film's most intriguing asset.