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High Life (2010)

Timothy Olphant , Rossif Sutherland  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Olphant, Rossif Sutherland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00316DDUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,032 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "High Life" on IMDb

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With thrilling action, wickedly funny humor and an addictive soundtrack, HIGH LIFE carries on the tradition of the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino! Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard, HBO’s Deadwood) leads a motley crew of brain-fried losers, including a hypochondriac pickpocket (Joe Anderson, Across the Universe), an eternally optimistic charmer (Rossif Sutherland, Poor Boy’s Game) and a trigger-happy thug (Stephen Eric McIntyre, TV’s Falcon Beach). They attempt to stage a bank heist, but when it doesn’t go off as planned, all hell breaks loose.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Comedic Heist Movie February 15, 2010
By Compay
High Life is just good enough to be better than a straight-to-video film, but is far from a hit movie. It definitely reminds me the Coen Brothers, with it's fusion of comedy and thriller.

I've been a fan of Timothy Olyphant since 1999, when he was cast as drug dealer Todd Gaines in Go, so I was drawn to this film where he plays the lead. He does a convincing job as Dick, a morphine addict that can't seem to catch a break. I was also impressed with Stephen McIntyre's performance as Bug, a high-strung addict with all of the restraint of a rattlesnake. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the film is watching junkie logic in action, as his fellow addicts and heist conspirators view everything from a warped perspective.

Canadian director Gary Yates, whose career had mostly involved shooting for television, does a surprisingly good job. A perfect example is the self-help group for addicts, where the lighting and camera work makes for a great monologue by suave junkie Billy. The film has a great score which also sets the mood of the movie, with tracks by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Three Dog Night and April Wine.

It's not a straight comedy, so the laughs are infrequent, but the use of humor is always on the money. The buildup to the heist is definitely more interesting than what occurs in the latter half of the film, and the conclusion is a little unsatisfying. It's not a terrific movie as far as crime or drug flicks go, but it's definitely off of the beaten path, and worth a watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Life March 26, 2010
It's 1983, and Bug has just been released from prison. Bug meets up with his friend and former cellmate Dick, who is working as part of the cleaning crew at a hospital and it's Dick's first on-the-books job, and it provides him with a steady paycheck as well as an opportunity to steal drugs to feed his appetite for opiates. Thanks to Bug, Dick is quickly fired, but Bug soon gets an idea for a quick and lucrative score. Timothy Olyphant has the part of "Dick," reluctant leader of a hapless group of junkie bank robbers, down to perfection and Rossif Sutherland plays the likable Billy with goofy enthusiasm and a wide smile that refuses to go away no matter how much things go wrong. Even the soundtrack in this movie adds to the story without dominating it, and Gary Yates ends up with a black comedic heist caper movie that is very good. It's a fun and often unpredictable ride that provided plenty of chuckles right until the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than Decent Comedic Heist Movie April 11, 2012
By Zen
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I completely agree with the review given by Compay (most helpful review on the movie) which almost mirrored the review I was going to give except that I give this film one more extra star because I found the film more than just average or decent. I found it highly entertaining and the characters extremely likeable and interesting, especially Bug the stone faced psychopath with the dead lifeless eyes. As an Amazon Prime movie (free to Prime members) this is one of the better ones... and we Prime members know there is a LOT of bad to mediocre movies available on Amazon Prime so I'm quite happy when I find one that I enjoy. Only going to be doing movie reviews for Prime videos that don't have that many reviews to either reinforce how much I liked a film or how much I hated it. There are alot of other Prime movies that I've never heard of that have only 1 or 2 reviews and it's nice to see a wider sample in terms of opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best heist movie yet! March 14, 2012
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I'm very upset, Due to negative 'word of mouth', I did not purchase this movie until 2012. It came out in 2008! This movie is one of the very best bank robbery movies I've seen in a very long time. This is not a comedy, but there is humor. It started off as a non-violent caper, but it got violent. Imagine if Tarantino and the Coen brothers teamed up to do a movie! Well, This movie could have been the end result. You never know what is going to happen next, until it happens. You are never going to predict the ending to this flick, unless you already know it. From the beginning, I was sucked into this movie. There are only one or two slow spots, and they are not long. ( do not attempt to get beer or popcorn from the kitchen during these slow spots), you will end up reversing to see what you missed. I did! This movie tends to reflect real life alot more than movies like: The Heist, The Bank Job, or even The Italion Job! This movie will rivet you to the screen, and tear your heart out at the same time. If you have not yet watched it, order it now, it is very inexpensive compared to the entertainment value. As far as I'm concerned, this is a keeper, as I will want to watch it again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it December 10, 2011
By Sparxx
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I watched this movie twice in the same day. I found it to be very funny, sad and disturbing. The cast is great. The soundtrack is fantastic. I found myself really liking this group of hapless, dirty, warped, lowlife criminal drug addicts as they dreamed and plotted. I found myself laughing, smiling, on the verge of tears, upset, confused and disappointed along with these guys. I WANTED them to succeed at being criminals. It's certainly worth a look. If you don't buy it, do yourself a favor and rent it for the acting and soundtrack alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film April 8, 2014
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this movie is one of my favorite movies... if you like action and comedy this movie has a fair amount of both....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting and well acted but I did not like the story.
Published 24 days ago by honeycleo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good product & fast delivery.
Published 3 months ago by William J. Cruse Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Job by Timothy Olyphant
Love Timothy Olyphant. He is a great actor. In this and many of his earlier movies he plays slackers who are also very wise, or sly as in this role. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karentwilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I enjoyed watching this film. The story and plot were highly entertaining. I specially enjoyed the character of "Bug" played by Stephen Eric McIntire, his acting was... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alfonso Aguilar
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
lots of fun watching this movie. timothy olyphant is excellent and a real goofball with lots of laughs and good tomes along with the bad .
Published 9 months ago by abby
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Guy!
I'll watch anything that has Timothy Olyphant in it. He's so good at what he does! I've watched the series Justified three times now. Each time it gets better.
Published 12 months ago by Tuscanyblue
4.0 out of 5 stars Timothy Olyphant; Always worth watching!
I bought this movie because I have recently discovered Timothy olyphant in Justified, thanks to Amazon Prime. I immediately started buying eveything he is in. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Barbara W. Robbins
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin soundtrack and Timothy O ... it was just plain fun
Set in the 80's, the entire setting and perspective resonates with me due to my fond memories of the era. Those of a certain age (i.e. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MuleHeadJoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Olyphant...Oh my my
Timothy Olyphant is my favorite actor so its no surprise i love this movie. High Life has it all ......
Published 20 months ago by Justified
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey! Its Oliphant! How bad can it be?
A mishmash of drug induced crime with the moral lesson that crime never pays. Darkly comedic with a lot of action. Read more
Published 21 months ago by ShopperShopper
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