The Taxman (1999)-* * *
Directed by: Avi Nesher
Starring: Joe Pantoliano, Elizabeth Berkley, Michael Chiklis, Robert Townsend, and Fisher Stevens
This was the first DTV movie I'd ever seen, and it truly started it all when it comes to empire of Comeuppance Reviews. I was entranced by its shiny metallic box art.
This is an offbeat, often funny film about a taxman who is investigating a crime when he meets a Russian family and eventually begins to care about them. There are twists but it is mostly a character driven film.
Joe Pantoliano is (as usual) great as the taxman. Elizabeth Berkley does a good job as the Russian daughter. Her accent is on target. Robert "The Meteor Man" Townsend is also in it who does an okay job as a lawyer.
Joe Pantoliano never gets praise when praise is due. He always puts at least a little effort and energy into all his roles. He usually steals all the movies where he is a supporting character. As evident with this film, he is definitely ready for lead parts.
Comeuppance review by: Ty