The Bannen Way 2009 NR

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Winner of four 2010 Streamy Awards including Best Web Drama, Best Directing and Best Actor, "The Bannen Way" is a slick, sexy, adrenaline-fueled full-length feature film about Neil Bannen (Mark Gantt), a charming con man caught between the mob, the cops and a penchant for beautiful women.

Starring:
Mark Gantt, Vanessa Marcil
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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The Bannen Way

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Genres Thriller, Action, Comedy
Director Jesse Warren
Starring Mark Gantt, Vanessa Marcil
Supporting actors Gabriel Tigerman, Michael Ironside, Robert Forster, Michael Lerner, Ski Carr, Autumn Reeser, Brianne Davis, Brittany Ishibashi, Brynn Thayer, Roman Varshavsky, Paul Duke, Dean Kreyling, Jeffrey R. Newman, Jim Dowd, Manuel Urrego, Andy McPhee, Josh Heisler, Derek Carter
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luke360 on July 21, 2010
Format: DVD
This movie was slick like oceans 11 but gritty like rock n rolla or Snatch. Neal Bannen smoothy gets out of trouble all most everytime and when he doesn't, he gets smacked up. This film has fight club quality scenes in it mixed with a slickness of Oceans 11 and Snatch that you're not gonna wanna miss. Did I mention Vanessa Marcil is in it? A must watch.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Welkner on July 20, 2010
Format: DVD
Jesse Warren and Mark Gantt put together a stylized action movie with tons of intrigue and fun! This film will always mark the start of big budget production on the web. The supporting cast alone is worth the price of admission! Look forward to seeing more from this awesome team!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Preston I. Lewis on January 3, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Bannen Way delivers non-stop action and intrigue with top-notch casting. You'll thank heaven for a pause button because you won't leave the room. The writers broke all the rules of predicting what comes next. After watching The Bannen Way you'll have one question - Why didn't they make a sequel?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Swanson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2010
Format: DVD
This is just so derivative of Snatch and Lock Stock that it's silly. The angles, quick cuts, ff, etc etc etc. But Guy's deft feel for all of that plus clever dialogue is missing, and the acting is hit and miss.

It seemed kinda low budget and reading here that it was an online series is little surprise. Gotta love how they avoid mentioning that on the box and selling this as a movie; say no more. (But then look at the five star reviews here, most from friends of the filmmakers. That says it all, don't it? Nobody else has even watched this piece of ripoff crap.)

Vanessa Marcil is easy on the eyes, and Mark Gantt is occasionally amusing, but in general this feels like a cable tv series that's trying too hard to be hip. And Gantt as irresistible to all hot women? If they like cheeeeseballs, maybe...

All in all I'd say watch Ritchie's best for the tenth time, or even some other more skillful imitator, before you consider putting this on. But if you're addicted to GR and don't mind a crass imitation, then here you go.

But don't blame me, blame the fake five star reviews here.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on February 8, 2011
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Ever since PULP FICTION, crime thrillers have been increasingly self-referential, self-aware, and pretentious. But whereas PULP FICTION was original, the style has become tired.

This film is more of the same.

Lots of self-deprecating, cynical, voice-overs from an anti-hero criminal. And as in THE PERFECT SLEEP, this film is soooo self-aware. When the anti-hero tells us something that happened in the past, the film fast-reverses -- we even see videotape glitches as the film is run in reverse.

The hero tells us about a shooting, then says, "Wait, go back." And everyone fast-walks backwards. "Let me fill you in on what happened before that..." he says.

And as in THE SHOOTING GALLERY, when he tells us his many rules to being a criminal, the rules scroll across the screen so we can read what he's telling us.

The film also uses every other cinematic device, to the point of annoyance. "See how many tricks I have in my bag?" the director must be thinking.

And it's full of clichés, including three ridiculously cartoonish lady assassins (as in KILL BILL). But the film is so self-aware, when the anti-hero meets up with them, the scene stops, so we can hear his voice-over say, "You know, until that very moment, I thought they were an urban legend."

Vanessa Marcil is sexy and sweet, but her acting is poor in this film. She can't handle hard-ass criminals. She's too sweet, so that we can't believe she'd pull the trigger.

Marcil is much better playing romantic characters (e.g., THE NANNY EXPRESS). I've also long thought that she has strong comedic talents; her characters sometime hint at a Lucille Ball quality (.e.g., THE ROCK). But for some reason, she's not cast in comedic roles.

She's miscast here, and the film is overall annoying.
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