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.
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