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It's a clever concept that could easily have been created by the mind of Quinton Tarantino and has some impressive dialog to match. This film is a must see for anyone with a dark sense of humour or love for violence, action, hip-hop, or simply, independent cinema.
Being an independent filmmaker myself with many influences and heroes, I know how easy it is to stick nods to personal favourites into a script. Quite often these can come across out of place and character. But in 20 Funerals the writer/director manages to tie in references to pop culture and Greek mythology and use them to the scripts advantage. He is able to add depth and realism to the characters and the world they live in.
Clocking in at just less than eighty minutes, the film is a tad on the short side. However apart from adding three of four more funerals, there's little that could be done with this. The film tells its story in a clear and cool way but does come with a few faults. As mentioned by a previous reviewer the opening sequence doesn't come across too strong, but this is soon forgiven and forgot when the film sets itself on track.Read more ›
Of course, things go wrong. The thugs don't like being preyed upon, so they call in an assassin of their own. Then the Police Department takes an interest in all these slayings, and in a really interesting twist our protagonists get assigned to investigate their own homicides. (Of course, these are narcotics agents and why they would be assigned homicide cases is never explained. But, hey, this is Hollywood.) Then there are internal divisions within the group, which makes for even more tension. And in the midst of all these complexities, the bodies just keep adding up.
The problem is that this film only runs for about 80 minutes, which is a killing every four minutes or so, and that doesn't leave much time for the niceties of character development. But that probably isn't this director's strong point anyway. Instead, the film is stocked with clichéd archetypes and gangsta stereotypes. You could probably make a case of inadvertent racism here, what with the white cops dusting off the black thugs, but that probably wasn't the intention. Still, there are lots of holes to the film, such as why these renegade cops would go after the gold-toothed lowlifes when there are so many bigger forms of evil in the world?Read more ›
I just finished watching an early screener copy of this film by Anghus
Houvouras. It stars DJ Naylor as one of four cops who, following the
killing of a guy in their department, go vigilante, and work their way
up the criminal food chain of the city, taking out gangsters and
lowlifes as necessary. After all, there's nothing that can't be solved
by 20 Funerals.
The film has a slightly weak opening sequence where we see the cop
killed, followed by an overly long credit sequence. It sets up the
premise of the film okay, but interweaving the credits with a more
tense, intimate scene for the undercover bust and eventual murder would
have boosted the opening up a notch.
Luckily, once their pal is dead and buried, it soon picks up, thanks to
some great acting by all four leads, with particular props going to DJ
Naylor and Mark Mench. DJ effortlessly portrays the conflicted
hero/anti-hero, torn between doing the right thing, and doing the right
thing. Herein lies the film's real strength: what could have simple
been entertaining pulp violence is supported by a tight script, good
performances, and (most importantly) and plot and characters to care
about, and that sustain our interest. Retribution for murdering a cop
seems justified, and when Chase (Naylor) slams down a wad of evidence
against each and every target we don't question the validity of their
mission.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked this movie. The best part was the stripper, she was pretty and funny when she cursed out the cops. The action in the movie was pretty decent.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
After a cop is killed, his partners decide the system for convicting criminals doesn't work. They believe if they had "20 funerals" that would clean up the town of criminals and... Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by The Movie Guy
If you saw D.J Naylor on Dead Heist and been fan of him since (me lol). This movie is created by Swirl Films which also made Dead Heist movie. Read morePublished on April 7, 2010 by Joanne1375
here's the review from DVD Verdict's Bill Gibron.
"this effort shows promise, not problems, for everyone involved. Read more
Great Movie - DJ Naylor's performance was spectacular - Where has this man been. I look forward to seeing Naylor in more action films.Published on June 13, 2006 by Ed Repper
DJ NAYLOR ....... what else can you say about this movie. anyone can see he is the next big thing. i cant wait for his next film. Read morePublished on May 3, 2006 by K. massey
DJ Naylor's first starring effort makes this one worth the purchase rice. The man is a talent on the rise.Published on October 27, 2005 by The Shadow Knows
I liked the movie. Far better than i thought it would be. The DVD doesn't have a lot of extras. They could have at least put in a commentary track, as i wanted to hear what the... Read morePublished on June 17, 2005 by JonathanFeldspar
I do not know what these people were on, when giving this movie 4 or 5 stars. This movie seems to have been made on a $5 budget and filmed/directed by an 8 year old using a... Read morePublished on June 13, 2005 by M. Vaghar
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