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Not expecting a hell of alot from a movie she were starring in, I decided to check a bit of it out, since I was lucky enough to catch it right at the beginning of the movie.
To my pleasant surprise my interest was grabbed and held right from the start. The storyline seemed interesting enough, the acting very good, and it truly just kept getting better, and more interesting, and entertaining.
Robert patrick and Jennifer Espinito had great chemistery throughout the movie. Being a movie you've never heard of, you'd figure, or expect it to end up being a movie that gets to hard to believe. Though this movie seemed as if it were going to go that way, they could not have wrapped it up better.
as the credits begin rolling, you'll find yourself sitting there, eyebrows raised, and saying out loud "That was a really great movie!"
IT WAS! AND IT IS WELL WORTH CHECKING OUT!!!!
Robert Patrick is pretty much boring as a video store owner who gets stuck into trouble when picking up hitchhiker Jennifer Esposito. The film has a nice desert setting where it is desolate. The acting is made up of TV character actors who aren't that good or strong. Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation) does his best to imitate a hard as nails gangster, with weak results.
What makes this movie is the performances from a very talented cast. Robert Patrick is the "hero" and does a great job with his character through out the film. Jennifer Espizito does a great job as the "Femme Fatale" of movie. This girl is so much more then another pretty face in Hollywood and I wish other directors will notice her talents very soon.
Melissa Joan Hart (TV's Sabrina) has a very small role in this movie which is a bummer. The very talented Hart is one of the best up and coming actress and once she gets out of that Sabrina TV show is going to be a face you see in many major films in the years to come. I did love her role was the mortition who uses her Crime Boss's dead enemies bodies to smuggle cash. Creative idea, but wouldn't be better if it was drugs or something? Why cash? Dogs can't smell cash. Dogs can smell drugs, but will police think twice if a dog goes a crazy on a dead body? Would they even check the body if it has drugs? Or will they think its just in the casket? Sorry my twisted little mind is wondering here.
I enjoyed this movie. That is all I can say about it. If you are expecting OSCAR stuff then don't bother. If you pass this movie up because you don't see any "Star" actors then its your mistake.
Here's the scoop. Robert Patrick owns a video rental store in some bust-out town in Arizona. He's doing some soul searching and needs to take a few days off. He gets in his Jeep and rides. He picks up a hitchhiking Jennifer Esposito who is fresh out of prison. She was hooked up with a connected guy and the two were working a plan to skim company money. Now she's out and needs a fall guy to help retrieve the dough. Guess who said fall guy is.
As I said, this has all the right elements. A 'Femme Fatale', double and triple crossing, stolen money and ruthless bad guys. But maybe it's all too by rote. It were as though someone was saying we need this, this, this and this. Though there were some surprises here in the plot, other times I pretty much knew where things were headed. The characters were written well enough and the casting was decent. Esposito is always great to look at and she does a good enough job with the role. Robert Patrick, likewise, was good enough. Colm Meaney is always worth note and he doesn't disappoint here. His was one of the better written characters, with his compulsion with Christmas and Christmas related Kitsch. Vyto Ruginis is a real find as the motel manager. The ultimate slimeball. The writers were spot on with certain things and lacking in others. The directing, editing, music and other aspects of production were all up to par with the material. It all just falls a bit short.
This is an eminently watchable movie that keeps the viewer engaged, and it's a tad better than the three stars I gave it. Sit back and enjoy. Just don't expect a life changing experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The seller delivered as promised, the dvd was of a good quality and the movie itself exceeded my expectations.Published 13 months ago by Traci Lane
This movie is not your ordinary movie by today's standards....(which is probably why I like it) There are twists in the plot that are unexpected even after having watched it a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by George
Wow, I was taken back by this movie. I have never heard of it before, and I'm a big fan of Robert Patrick. I had to check it out. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by K. Medeiros
I was quite surprised by this movie - I never heard of it before, and going thru the movie section of the TV guide, decided to tape it since I saw it had Robert Patrick... Read morePublished on October 14, 2005 by HP Reader
I honestly can't believe that Robert Patrick wasted his time on this piece of [junk] movie. Ugh! One of the worst movies I've seen in quite a while.Published on May 12, 2003 by DMC in DC
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