Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Sometimes people let their imagination get the better of them. This film demonstrates how much you can let your mind run away with you. Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, is a road trip film of a journalist and his lawyer on their escapade to the notorious city. The journey is filled with a vast assortment of drugs;
‘We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-coloured uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.’
The duo push their minds to the limits as they get caught up in a psychedelic world of events as they deal with the issues that arise during the forty eight hour bender. Whilst they succumb to their imagination, reality and thought have become blurred. This results in disturbing yet funny series of scenes.
The film is based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, becoming a timeless classic as much as the book. The audience gets the double perspective of how the protagonist feels on drugs, as well as what they look like from the outside. This clever display of camerawork plays with your mind to see how our imagination can play tricks on us compared to actual reality, of how things really are. The viewer gets caught up in the stream of the narrator who dictates the adventure as it unfolds. In this way the viewer gets to resonate with both angles, as they are taken along for the ride.