The opening line to the film pretty much sums it all up...
"We Were at the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold."
The acting job shown here by Johnny Depp is brilliant. I think Depp is one of the best actors we've got in hollywood today and can play any sort of role. Compare Edward Scissorhands to Raoule Duke and you'll see what I mean. Fear and loathing became one of my favorite movies of all time and terry gilliam one of my favorite directors.
Terry Gilliam, though Brazil is his best work, has done a magnificent job here. Watching the film, you seriously feel like your in a drunken haze by the way the camera tips.
This is a film that shatters the use of the word genre.
I showed this film to a few friends of mine. Half of them thought it was great, the other half thought it sucked. I think that can really sum up how people feel about this film as well. Some love it and some hate it. Make your choice by seeing, I don't think you'll regret it.