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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.
If you like Timothy Oliphant, you should enjoy seeing him playing a 'non-characteristic' character ... instead of being a straight-laced (Deadwood) or wise-cracking (Justified) good ol' boy lawman, he's a shiftless loser, a stoner/druggie/delinquent ... they don't clearly specify his character's age, but Timothy was actually around 40 when he did this flick, although he looks a LOT younger to me.
The story was a bit twisty with a few surreal drug induced hallucinations and/or imagination scenes that took me a few moments to catch on to ... but in general it's the story of a loser druggie ex-con named Dick (Timothy) who being fresh out of jail is observing the technological advances that have occured while he was put away and contemplating how to take advantage of the weaknesses of new tech in order to make a grand score to set himself up for good. He gathers a crew of old friends and new, makes a plan, and then everything goes to hell.
And all throughout we hear some of the rockin-est tunes from April Wine while the s**** goes down, so it's all good :-D
This isn't necessarily a great movie, but I thought it was a fun movie, with fairly good acting from all involved, no major flaws in plot or execution. If you don't recognize or care about any of the actors, and don't have fond memories of that era gone by, you might not find the story very interesting at all, but if you like 70's rock-n-roll, you might enjoy it just for the soundtrack :-)
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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....Published 22 months ago by Mr. Bill
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Karentwilson
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 morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Alfonso Aguilar
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 on January 16, 2014 by abby
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 on October 6, 2013 by Tuscanyblue
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 morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Barbara W. Robbins