January 17, 2013
There's no "Wait for it to come out on Netflix" option, huh?
When I first saw the previews, I remember thinking, "Oh, it's basically The Untouchables," except after Prohibition. What I should have realized was that it was basically The Untouchables without a script written by David Mamet. There are so many words I can use to describe the script: clunky, convoluted, predictable...but "hack" is probably the lead. There is literally a line where Sean Penn says, "You know the drill," and then one of his cronies grabs a drill and uses it on someone. So clever!!
I can't tell if the people in this movie knew how bad it was going to be, and so they embraced it, or if everyone just brought in terrible performances. The acting was pretty wooden, and although there were genuine moments of cuteness in the movie (pulled off well), the theater I was in laughed the hardest at a serious scene at the end. This is a movie to watch at home with friends and rip apart (in that fun way). No need to pay full price.
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