Where were you, Jay? We needed someone sane to administer the meds!
Yeah, I'm on pretty much the same page as Highsteppa on this one; very engaging and entertaining from the get-go, my interest really built with the story, and some of the characterizations were great, if a little underdeveloped and superfluous. My biggest problem was the whole feeling that the director couldn't decide exactly what sort of vision he was going for. There were times where it was a hard-boiled crime drama, times when it slid into extremely modern stylistic territory (the gun dealer going over the whole 8 or 9 bullets thing) and times when it was just this weird excess of absurdity (Bob Hope's sample).
Nonetheless, it WAS entertaining, and the couple of story revelations were pretty cool, and not necessarily telegraphed. OH! Vincent D'Onofrio was great as Pooh Bear, my only regret with him is that the charater wasn't given enough space in the film to make his performance worthwhile, in a way.
Val Kilmer turned in a good performance, a lot of the supporting cast was wasted (very capable actors in slivers of roles) , but worth checking out.