Why Is Fear And Loathing Still Relevant In Las Vegas?

Take A Trip To Sin City

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in the eyes of many, is still the number one drug-based movie ever produced. Yes, there have been other hit films in the genre over the years, such as Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke, but this movie, in particular, seems to hit all the high notes, excuse the pun, and you could also argue it’s still relevant where Las Vegas is concerned too…

Las Vegas, also known as Sin City, is one of the most iconic places on earth, without a doubt. And as a result, it is a significant source of inspiration, not just for films like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but for TV shows, video games, and even popular online slots games, have taken inspiration from Vegas too. But, what’s always been vital to any form of content using Vegas as inspiration is to really bring the city to life, which is the case in this 1998 Terry Gilliam-directed flick.

A great way to start is to remember that Vegas should always be the destination, as it is for so many people in everyday life. Raoul Duke, played by Johnny Depp and Dr Gonzo, his attorney, played by Benicio del Toro, are travelling across the Mojave desert in a red sports car with a trunk full of drugs. But, as we mentioned, Vegas is the destination. It’s the end goal which makes the city relevant from the get-go in this movie.

There are a lot of things to like about Las Vegas, such as its vast array of casinos and the chance to go and watch some excellent shows, but the city also has an iconic nickname, Sin City, and sometimes this side of Vegas is more appealing to some. And even, perhaps, more relevant. It’s the Sin City side of Vegas that Depp and del Toro bring to the fore in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, too.

You see, on their way to Sin City, the duo are consuming the drugs they have onboard their vehicle at an increasingly rapid rate, which means by the time they arrive at their destination, they’re as high as the proverbial kite, and end up trashing their hotel room. We’ve not even mentioned that their reason for heading to Vegas was to cover a motorcycle race because this is exactly why the film is still relevant where the city is concerned.

Everyone wants to go to Vegas, and they have a plan when they think of the city in their head, especially where the infamous Las Vegas Strip is concerned. They have a reason for going and a purpose, and good intentions, but this is Sin City, after all, and everything seems to go out of the window because it’s one of the most iconic places on the planet, and there is just so much to see and do that you inevitably get distracted and steered away from your original plan.

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Take A Trip To Sin City Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in the eyes of many, is still the number one drug-based movie ever produced. Yes, there have been other hit films in the genre over the years, such as Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke, but this movie, in particular, seems to hit
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