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The Bannen Way (2010)

Mark Gantt , Vanessa Marcil , Jesse Warren  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Gantt, Vanessa Marcil, Gabriel Tigerman, Michael Ironside, Robert Forster
  • Directors: Jesse Warren
  • Writers: Mark Gantt, Jesse Warren
  • Producers: Jesse Warren, Alan Pao, Bailey Williams, Clio Tegel, Kyle Dean Jackson
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LD9P7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bannen Way" on IMDb

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Neal Bannen's criminal life is a family affair: his cop father (Michael Ironside, Starship Troopers) wants to steer him on the right path, his mobster uncle (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown) wants him to wade deeper into the waters of crime, and he lives by the principles of his grandfather, who had a motto for every situation. Neal (Mark Gantt, who also cowrote the movie) can't decide if he wants to stop being a thief, but he owes a lot of money and he hopes one more job for his uncle will see him free and clear--plus, there's a beautiful girl involved (Vanessa Marcil, Las Vegas), and Neal can't resist a beautiful girl. The Bannen Way is a hodgepodge of bits and pieces lifted from Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie movies--lots of flashy editing and camera work, split screens, guns waved around, etc. Logic and coherence fly out the window by halfway through, but that's hardly the point. The Bannen Way is about looking slick and ogling a lot of beautiful women, including a trio of assassins who have preposterous themes and wear highly impractical clothing. General audiences will look down their collective nose at this self-indulgent straight-to-DVD male fantasy, but for a certain kind of trashy-movie fan, this will be catnip. --Bret Fetzer

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Neal Bannen (Mark Gantt) is a charming con-man and thief, with a father who’s a police chief (Michael Ironside) and an uncle who’s a mob boss (Robert Forster). He has a penchant for fine women – like Madison (Vanessa Marcil), who wants him to reform and leave his life of crime behind. All Bannen wants to do is complete one more job to pay off his debt to a notorious gangster. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t work out as easily as he hopes.

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Luke360
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bannen Way should be required viewing material! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This one has it all January 3, 2013
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Rather inept Guy Ritchie ripoff 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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1.0 out of 5 stars pretentious, self-aware, cliché-ridden 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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