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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

1976

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  • The Seven-Per-Cent Solution captures the pangs of Holmes's drug addiction in ways that seem fresh and interesting, even if they occasionally recall the expressionist mindscape of John Huston's little-seen Freud. Wide-angle lenses and other visual distortions, used to visualize the hallucinatory progression of Holmes's detox, conjure up a dream state that fractures space and time...

  • There’s a very ‘70s zeitgeist logic to reconfiguring Holmes as a cokehead curing himself with the best shrink money can buy. The first half follows the book’s plot trajectory down to the letter, cutting-and-pasting vast swathes of dialogue (a good thing, since Nicholas Meyer’s ear for pastiche was pretty perfect at the time) — but the addiction withdrawal passages were the least compelling passages to begin with, and Herbert Ross doesn’t really know how to film them...