Catch .44 [Blu-ray]
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Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman (Watchmen), Nikki Reed (The TWILIGHT Saga), Deborah Ann Woll (''True Blood'') and Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) star in the tough, sexy story of three hit women sent to rural Louisiana to intercept a big money dope deal. But when they get to the near-empty roadside café, bullets blast apart what was supposed to be a simple transaction. It could be a huge, bloody misunderstanding but it might also be a deadly double-cross. Shea Whigham (''Boardwalk Empire'') and Academy Award® nominee Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) co-star in this intense crime thriller with a killer twist.
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The basically behind the scenes Mel (Bruce Willis, who appears to need a new agent to get some appropriate new material for him to chew) sets up a drug interception using three girls with whom he has successfully worked before - Tes (Malin Ackerman), Dawn (Deborah Ann Woll) and Kara (Nikki Reed) - this time making the interception at a diner in the middle of nowhere. Of course there is a lot of girl talk about their mission, an interruption by a madman Ronny (Forest Whitaker) who earlier has murdered a sheriff and poses then as the sheriff to add to the mess. At the diner things just progress from bad to unbelievable, as nearly everyone is brutally murdered and it all ends in a reduced cast (many are dead by now) cat and mouse game that is as dull as yesterday's lunch.
There are some night at the gas station scenes a la Ed Ruscha by cinematographer Jeff Cutter that are artsy, but the rest of the film is a waste of talent. It makes us wonder how tough it is for actors of the caliber of Forest Whitaker and Bruce Willis to turn up some worthwhile material that takes advantage of their skills instead of these blood bath bores they seem to be accepting as scripts. No real saving graces to this film. Grady Harp, December 11
Taking that out of the equation for a moment, I actually thought the film was successful enough. Despite the presence of Bruce Willis in a minor role (though you'd never guess that from his huge head on the DVD cover), the actual lead of "Catch. 44" is up-and-comer Malin Akerman.Read more ›
Enid: This is so bad it's gone past good and back to bad again.
Aaron Harvey's "Catch .44" reminded me of Gary Lennon's horrible 2007 opus ".45" and reinforced the notion that any movie that includes the diameter of a gun barrel in its title is something to avoid. Whereas Lennon's gimmick was unconvincing moronic violence spliced between segments of documentary style parody, Harvey relies on unconvincing moronic violence spliced into a scrambled timeline. "Catch .44" might be dumb-downed relative to ".45" but it does have better lighting and color.
While not quite a constant 94-minute mockfest moment, there is much unintended humor in observing how obviously close-to-laughter Forest Whitaker and Malin Akerman are as they desperately struggle to keep straight faces while dealing with Harvey's silly dialogue and inept acting for the camera direction.
In the now de rigueur tradition of recent ill-advised attempts at cinema, the director and his editor inflict a pretentious commentary on anyone masochistic enough to select the audio commentary option on the DVD menu. In this the delusional writer/director appears to sincerely believe that he has made a cutting edge film.
Even a casual viewer can see that this thing failed before it got out of the starting gate because of Harvey's second rate work in pre-production. The obvious question being; why don't these direct-to-video geniuses use some of their budget to hire competent re-writing staffs before taking the project into production?
Unfortunately, even if you are able to suspend disbelief enough to self-knowingly go with this thing (a well-practiced skill for anyone who watches student films); it never engages.Read more ›
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A waste of the talents of Bruce Willis and Forrest Whitaker.Published 4 months ago by Mary Scurlock
Is it original? No, of curse it's not. But it;s entertaining and the acting is surprisingly good. Additionally, it has the C-word (2x) and Deborah Ann Woll (you may know her form... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peter Jancik
2nd worst movie I have seen. Willis is horrible. Plot is stupd
Good actors looking bad