The talented Paul Thomas Anderson returns with his seventh feature, Inherent Vice. The Master star Joaquin Phoenix reunites with Anderson to play a ’70s detective in the black comedy which is based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel. Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short, Jena Malone and Joanna Newsom co-star.
When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.
Inherent Vice hits UK cinemas on 30 January 2015.