“Ethan Tell is a small time crook who makes a big-time score when he steals 1 million dollars. Ironically, his life radically changes for the worst when he discovers that stealing the money was the easy part and he now must keep his partner, his wife, his parole officer, and two corrupt detectives from stealing it from him.”
Ok, this does not sound particularily innovativ or exciting, but as a crime/drama movie what else would you expect. I read about this film that the majority of critics hated it, but also that people who ignited by the bad reviews watched it with lowered expectations were pleasantly surprised.
Well, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. it is a rather generic story of struggle, betrayal and one man’s quest to find a happier life. it has some action, some pretty ok dialogue, but it also has some significant logical errors and some moments of completely botched dialogue. generally
speaking it is also ok from a technical point of view, so for the most part it is in the medium range. nothing too bothering, but nothing too exciting either.
One thing I have to criticize though: the poster is pretty near to false advertising. it suggests an action packed 90 minutes full of cool gangster dudes, sexy lose women and bone dry humor galore. so if that’s what your expecting, then you will be completely disappointed.
You could very well skip this film, if it wasn’t for the male lead and the male support roles. maybe it’s just me, but I just love to see milo ventimiglia and Jason lee in movies. any movie. who knows, maybe I am just biased because of milo’s phenomenal performance in “chosen” and maybe it is the fact that I have seen the smith’s jersey trilogy a gazillion times, but I just like to see those dudes on the screen and in this case they really made the best of what they had (script wise). it was a bit of a downer that they gave alan tudyk such a crappy role. not because of him beign a bad guy, but such a boring cliché driven moron bad guy. that character was so badly written, that even alan could not save it.
Anyway, if it wasn’t for milo and Jason, this would have been seriously agonizing to watch, but they kinda saved it. not up to a level where you could say that it was a fantastic experience, it is still way too flawed for that, but it was somewhat watchable, somewhat enjoyable and as bad as that sounds, compared to a lot of recent releases, that is almost an achievement. almost.