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Columbus Day (2008)

Marg Helgenberger , Ashley Johnson , Charles Burmeister  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marg Helgenberger, Ashley Johnson, Val Kilmer, Charles Burmeister, Wilmer Valderrama
  • Directors: Charles Burmeister
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NY6YSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After the heist of his life, a thief hides out in a city park as he plans to strike a deal and unload the stolen goods. There, he begins as unusual friendship with a precocious boy, prompting him to reach out via phone to his ex-wife and estranged daughter, who he hopes will reunite with him now that he is about to be rich. As his business deal begins to unravel, he fights to keep the kid out of harm's way and escape to Florida to join up with his family.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
From the previews and the box, I believed this was a "heist" movie, or about a thief's last big score (like the Score with Edward Norton, or the Italian Job).

In fact, it was quite different. It's a "real time" movie - Val Kilmer plays a thief who is waiting in a park. He has just finished his score, and is waiting for the buyer.

Much of the movie is him on the phone, trying to locate the buyer (there is a small twist here), talking to his ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, and child on the phone. The other major focus is a little boy he meets at the park, and they form a unique relationship. And there are some flashbacks which tell us how he ended up in the park.

Overall, though, it's frustrating. First, I don't know who decided that 90 minutes of waiting in the park & talking on the phone could be exciting to watch. Second, Val Kilmer plays a dumb thief, whose personal life was in ruin. His partner (on the phone) apparently has a mental disability - and it doesn't make much sense. Not only is it hard to believe that a world class thief would have sub-par intelligence, it's painful to watch Kilmer play this role.

But most importantly, I wish these directors would understand the fatal flaws with making flashback movies - we already know that the main character survives the scene (shootout, double-cross, etc) if he's standing there narrating the flashback. So where's the suspense?

If you're a huge Val Kilmer fan, you might want to see this just for the sake of it. Also, there's a cameo by Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows on CSI ). Some of the scenes with the boy were mildly cute. But I can't think of too many good things to say about the film. The action here was sparse, the drama drags on ... it's all just a bit drab. Difficult and frustrating to watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yikes April 14, 2009
The movie opens reasonably well, Val Kilmer is chasing a guy with a brief case, yells to him, shoots him, and takes the case. He then runs away and gets attacked by 3 or 4 guys trying to steal the case back. The fight is fairly well filmed, the action is decent. Val escapes with the case. From here forward the film falls apart. We spend too much time following Kilmer's run to Echo Park. Once at the park, Kilmer makes a few phone calls from a pay phone and we are treated to an awful split screen with him and the person on the other end. There is some very sappy strings royalty free music that plays in the background. And every time the film goes into flashback, it is preceeded with a clip in 25% slowed motion. Both of these techniques are way overused and are extremely difficult to use in the most skilled hands.

Most of the film is spent with Val Kilmer walking, sitting, or phoning in the park. There's a supposed deep relationship he builds with a young boy in the park. I'm certain the director meant for this to be symbolic. The story of how Val got to this point is told in repeated flashbacks (some of the flashback events are shown more than once). There is some mystery in the story line, and for those brave souls that decide to watch this, I won't spoil the ending. Kilmer is dead man walking as the film progresses. The last 5 minutes are what elevate this film from one star stinker to a just bad two star film.

I picked this film up because I happen to like Val Kilmer and Marg Helgenberger (China Beach and CSI). It was disappointing to say the least. Marg spends most of the film behind a reception desk at some office. Her scenes are all from the exact same camera location, a one shot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star is over rating it. May 26, 2009
This movie was painful to watch. It was boring and stupid. Very low budget-but I guess Val Kilmer can't get work since "Heat". Could not even finish the movie. The idea of going back in forth in the movie to me was just a way to use up time. Terrible, Terrible Movie
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Shocker June 1, 2009
By MelAus
Definitely the worst movie viewed so-far this year.
Agree entirely with all the former comments, only to add my own disgust with the production values.
Shaky cameras obviously only included as it is a bit of a fad at present and split screens ugh! Much of Val Kilmers dialogue also very muffled when wearing an overcoat....Did this movie have an experienced Sound Team?
A story that relies on almost throughout, the actors engaged in telephone conversations over and over again.
I see "Kilmer Films" somewhere in the credits. Let's hope this fine actor keeps a much tighter lid on what the company does in the future.
I have managed to tick one star above and that is for the image quality. The pictures and film transfer are very good....That's it and only it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I managed the first 25 minutes March 22, 2013
What an unwatchable pile of crap. Val Kilmer should be issuing an apology to everyone who had to suffer through even one minute of this nonsense. If you want to see a good Val Kilmer movie get "The Saint".
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By igen
This was an awful movie. I kept hoping something--anything--would happen, but apparently good script writers don't work on Columbus Day. I watched it for what felt like an eternity but still nothing had happened, so I went and did something else. My wife, on the other hand, is a die-hard Val fan and powered through it. She also was on the edge of her seat expecting something to happen. She wasn't particularly impressed, but at least it didn't end with him still sitting in the park.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Columbus Day
Val Kilmer is good in any movie he stars in. I especially liked his interaction with the little boy. Good movie. I recommend this to others.
Published 20 months ago by Good Student
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what you think it is.
Fairly good movie. Moves a bit slow at times. Some tender moments here and there between John and his daughter. Good movie to watch on a rainy day.
Published on February 7, 2012 by Jule Kijek
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Most Budget Action/Thrillers
Disheartening to see how things have panned out for Val Kilmer. He was one of those top-tier acting studs that seemed destined to be the Robert Redford of his generation. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by MadMacs
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good film
My expectations for this film were low, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The script won several awards, and the acting, especially in the scenes between Kilmer and Thompson... Read more
Published on March 20, 2011 by C. L. Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you!
For another movie of Val! I love to just look at him! hahaha Got here in wonderful time in great shape, too!
Published on March 8, 2010 by White Bird
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Despite tampering from the producer against the cast and directors wishes, this great character study turned out great. Kilmer is a marvel to watch. Read more
Published on September 15, 2009 by M. Gibb
4.0 out of 5 stars middle age angst
This seemed to be more of a character study of a man nearing the end of a successful criminal career, at the expense of his family. Read more
Published on September 10, 2009 by Denise J. Murray
2.0 out of 5 stars Kilmer Has Been Given The DTV Kiss Of Death
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Length: 3:47 Mins
Published on September 7, 2009 by Sebastian Sanjurjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
This is a story about a a thief (kind of a Santa Claus)...played well by DeCaprio, who befriends a small black boy in a park where he wants to exchange "hot" money for that which... Read more
Published on May 13, 2009 by George Novak
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