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20 Funerals (2005)

Brett Claywell , Tyhm Kennedy , Anghus Houvouras  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brett Claywell, Tyhm Kennedy, Anthony Lawson, Mark Mench, D.J. Naylor
  • Directors: Anghus Houvouras
  • Writers: Anghus Houvouras
  • Producers: Dan Edgell, David Eubanks, Eric Tomosunas, James Register
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00081U7ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "20 Funerals" on IMDb

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In a city where the line between right and wrong is blurred, four cops pushed over the edge take matters into their own hands. This action-packed crime drama features Big Boi of Outkast, Big Gipp, Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, Killer Mike and Slimm Calhoun.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great example of truly independent cinema June 6, 2005
Format:DVD
20 Funerals is the latest film to hit DVD from Wilmington, NC filmmaker Anghus Houvouras (Fearsome, Thugs Got Game). It's the story of a group of cops who -after the death of a fellow officer- decide to use some unconventional methods. Twenty names make up their list of scum that must be removed from the street in order to clean things up. The plan comes with a strong set of rules in order to keep things organised, but some rules are made to be broken. Things begin to turn sour when the cops are inevitably called upon to investigate the cases they're creating themselves.

It's a clever concept that could easily have been created by the mind of Quinton Tarantino and has some impressive dialog to match. This film is a must see for anyone with a dark sense of humour or love for violence, action, hip-hop, or simply, independent cinema.

Being an independent filmmaker myself with many influences and heroes, I know how easy it is to stick nods to personal favourites into a script. Quite often these can come across out of place and character. But in 20 Funerals the writer/director manages to tie in references to pop culture and Greek mythology and use them to the scripts advantage. He is able to add depth and realism to the characters and the world they live in.

Clocking in at just less than eighty minutes, the film is a tad on the short side. However apart from adding three of four more funerals, there's little that could be done with this. The film tells its story in a clear and cool way but does come with a few faults. As mentioned by a previous reviewer the opening sequence doesn't come across too strong, but this is soon forgiven and forgot when the film sets itself on track.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Glockwork Orange June 29, 2005
Format:DVD
Even though it plays out like one long urban rap video, 20 Funerals is still a lot of fun. The premise is quite simple, but it's also ingenious. Four narcs get pissed off when one of their own is murdered on the streets, and they decide to clean up the city outside the due process of law. It's a scenario you could actually see happening, and that's what makes it so enthralling. Together they compile a list of the twenty worst thugs and start executing them.

Of course, things go wrong. The thugs don't like being preyed upon, so they call in an assassin of their own. Then the Police Department takes an interest in all these slayings, and in a really interesting twist our protagonists get assigned to investigate their own homicides. (Of course, these are narcotics agents and why they would be assigned homicide cases is never explained. But, hey, this is Hollywood.) Then there are internal divisions within the group, which makes for even more tension. And in the midst of all these complexities, the bodies just keep adding up.

The problem is that this film only runs for about 80 minutes, which is a killing every four minutes or so, and that doesn't leave much time for the niceties of character development. But that probably isn't this director's strong point anyway. Instead, the film is stocked with clichéd archetypes and gangsta stereotypes. You could probably make a case of inadvertent racism here, what with the white cops dusting off the black thugs, but that probably wasn't the intention. Still, there are lots of holes to the film, such as why these renegade cops would go after the gold-toothed lowlifes when there are so many bigger forms of evil in the world?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Movie, a little slim on the extras June 17, 2005
Format:DVD
I liked the movie. Far better than i thought it would be. The DVD doesn't have a lot of extras. They could have at least put in a commentary track, as i wanted to hear what the Director had to say. Best part of the movie is Lil Jon and The Eastside Boys and Big Boi. They were hilarious. About 10 times better than Be Cool (which i thought sucked).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick June 3, 2005
Format:DVD
### BEWARE - MILD SPOILERS ###

I just finished watching an early screener copy of this film by Anghus

Houvouras. It stars DJ Naylor as one of four cops who, following the

killing of a guy in their department, go vigilante, and work their way

up the criminal food chain of the city, taking out gangsters and

lowlifes as necessary. After all, there's nothing that can't be solved

by 20 Funerals.

The film has a slightly weak opening sequence where we see the cop

killed, followed by an overly long credit sequence. It sets up the

premise of the film okay, but interweaving the credits with a more

tense, intimate scene for the undercover bust and eventual murder would

have boosted the opening up a notch.

Luckily, once their pal is dead and buried, it soon picks up, thanks to

some great acting by all four leads, with particular props going to DJ

Naylor and Mark Mench. DJ effortlessly portrays the conflicted

hero/anti-hero, torn between doing the right thing, and doing the right

thing. Herein lies the film's real strength: what could have simple

been entertaining pulp violence is supported by a tight script, good

performances, and (most importantly) and plot and characters to care

about, and that sustain our interest. Retribution for murdering a cop

seems justified, and when Chase (Naylor) slams down a wad of evidence

against each and every target we don't question the validity of their

mission.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars 4 COPS AND A FUNERAL
After a cop is killed, his partners decide the system for convicting criminals doesn't work. They believe if they had "20 funerals" that would clean up the town of criminals and... Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch For D.J Naylor Fans
If you saw D.J Naylor on Dead Heist and been fan of him since (me lol). This movie is created by Swirl Films which also made Dead Heist movie. Read more
Published on April 7, 2010 by Joanne1375
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Verdict Bill Gibron says.....
here's the review from DVD Verdict's Bill Gibron.

"this effort shows promise, not problems, for everyone involved. Read more
Published on July 4, 2007 by C. Brian Houvouras
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Figure in the Making
Great Movie - DJ Naylor's performance was spectacular - Where has this man been. I look forward to seeing Naylor in more action films.
Published on June 13, 2006 by Ed Repper
5.0 out of 5 stars aamaaazing
DJ NAYLOR ....... what else can you say about this movie. anyone can see he is the next big thing. i cant wait for his next film. Read more
Published on May 3, 2006 by K. massey
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, clever, violent, tough, well done!!
If you like the genre, you ought to pick up a copy of this film. Expect to see low budget with SOLID acting and a surprisingly vibrant script. Read more
Published on February 22, 2006 by J Gabriel
4.0 out of 5 stars Low budget effort with a star in the making.
DJ Naylor's first starring effort makes this one worth the purchase rice. The man is a talent on the rise.
Published on October 27, 2005 by DENNIS CHIMELIS
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT! waste your time or money on this movie.
I do not know what these people were on, when giving this movie 4 or 5 stars. This movie seems to have been made on a $5 budget and filmed/directed by an 8 year old using a... Read more
Published on June 13, 2005 by M. Vaghar
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's the short review...
Great movie. Good cameos, solid action, awesome awesome awesome! Unlike many rapper-cameo-laden, gangster/thug/street vigilante movies out right now, this has a real smart element... Read more
Published on June 7, 2005 by RogerMac
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid if not Spectacular
**Mild Spoilers**

20 Funerals is a face paced, non-family friendly romp, through the city streets where crime reigns supreme. Read more
Published on June 6, 2005 by Ashley
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