Inherent Vice is a comedic, crime drama that debuted on December 12, 2014.
When the show opens, a laid back private investigator, Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is lying on the couch, until he is woken up by his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth, who wants him to save her boyfriend, real estate tycoon, Michael Z. “Mickey” Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), from being kidnapped by his wife, Sloane (Serena Scott Thomas). Although she has been paid to help in the kidnapping, she now wants Doc to intervene and stop the kidnapping.
Shasta does very well pulling on Doc’s heart strings so he goes out to search for Wolfmann. It appears that Wolfmann has gone off his rockers, due to excessive drug use and now he wants to be a Nazi.
Tariq Khalil hires him to find Glen Charlock (Christopher Allen Nelson) because he owes him a lot of money and just happens the he is a bodyguard for Wolfmann. Charlock is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. Doc heads out to Wolfmann’s property, which just happens to be a spa. Doc gets bashed on the head and when he wakes up, he is surrounded by cops and Charlock’s dead body is lying beside of him. Detective Christian F. “Bigfoot” Bjornsen arrests him, takes him to jail, but is saved by his attorney, Sauncho Smilax (Benicio del Toro).
Doc ends up at Wolfmann’s house looking for Shasta, who has also gone missing. Bigfoot shows up and beats the crap out of him. Doc seeks out the deputy attorney, Penny Kimball (Reese Witherspoon), to ask her about Shasta and Wolfmann, but gets nowhere with her.
He plans a secret meeting with an old police informant, Coy Harlingen (Owen Wilson), who is in hiding because he fears for his wife and daughter’s life. He reveals information to him about the “Golden Fang”, which is a ship that belongs to Wolfmann.
Doc continues on his search to find Shasta and Wolfmann, while running into a lot of strange characters on his way. Will he be able to stay sober long enough to succeed in his search and solve this crazy mystery once and for all?
Inherent Vice is definitely worth a watch especially if you are a fan of Joaquin Phoenix. Although this film is labeled as a comedy there isn’t much fun seen in it. A word of warning for someone that is going to watch this movie, it is very difficult to understand. Matter of fact, I had to watch some scenes twice, just to get an understanding of it.
Joaquin did a great job in his role as the eccentric Larry Sportello, as well as the other actors. Be prepared for the long ride through Doc’s mysterious journey in search for the missing Wolfmann because it is definitely a weird and twisty adventure. I do have one complaint and that involves the incoherent speech of Joaquin, which is sometimes unbearably confusing. Good choice of music, Neil Young is legendary. All in all the film deserves a 7 out of 10.