agreed, saw it over the weekend myself.
Matt Dillon did a really good job, and Ryan Phillipe was impressive as well, strangely enough.
Don Cheadle holds movies together, I'm more and more impressed by his work ever since Boogie Nights.
Interesting that they chose L.A. as the backdrop. I guess they were looking for the largest of melting pots and Los Angeles fits that bill.
I think what pleased me most was how they took the high road in almost all of the situations, the director didn't get shot, his wife didn't die in the car fire, the shop-keeper didn't kill the little girl, the Asian man didn't die, Luda set the imigrants free...
Only to set up the optimism though, as those of us who've seen the film know of the tragety that happened in the end...