(posted on 12-22-2012)

A former Adult Film star John Holmes (Val Kilmer) on the edge of his career and well on his way to becoming just another junkie finds himself in a very bad situation. Holmes (Kilmer) is almost in a limbo between post stardom and lifelong drug addiction. Dawn Schiller (Kate Bosworth) is his girlfriend and partner in his misadventures.

John continues to put himself and his girlfriend into one bad situation after another. Finally his plans go horribly wrong, and he finds himself in situation far more sinister and horrific than he or anyone else involved would have ever imagined.

Problems arise between one of John’s friends Eddie Nash (Eric Bogosian) and a group of his other friends some of which are Ron Launius (Josh Lucas), David Lind (Dylan Mc Dermott), and Billy Several (Tim Blake Nelson).
Holmes friends hatch a plan along with him, or with his help (both of which are left open to interoperation) to rob his friend Eddie Nash.

From the time the plan is hatched, it’s clear it’s not going to work out well for anyone involved.

However there were some unexpectedly lighter spots in the film such as seeing Sharon Holmes (Lisa Kudrow) in a type of role I had at the time not yet seen her in.

While I had thought the movie would be entertaining, it was actually very good! Of course this movie was not about the entire life of John Holmes, rather a series of events which he was either involved in and/or had some knowledge of.

I really had no idea what to expect from the film other than it was very good, and I had a felling it would be….I just had no idea what it was about the film that would make it good. I guess interesting and fascinating would be better ways to describe the film. Wonderland is one of those movies you cannot stop watching until it is over, even though the subject matter is dark and at time disturbing – you have to see what happens next.

How much of the film, if any was actually true in the way it’s portrayed is not clear – though it’s close enough to the events of the time to seem possible in the mind of the viewer.