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High Life

3.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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With thrilling action, wickedly funny humor and an addictive soundtrack, HIGH LIFE carries on the tradition of the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino! Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard, HBO’s Deadwood) leads a motley crew of brain-fried losers, including a hypochondriac pickpocket (Joe Anderson, Across the Universe), an eternally optimistic charmer (Rossif Sutherland, Poor Boy’s Game) and a trigger-happy thug (Stephen Eric McIntyre, TV’s Falcon Beach). They attempt to stage a bank heist, but when it doesn’t go off as planned, all hell breaks loose.

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  • Actors: Timothy Olphant, Rossif Sutherland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00316DDUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "High Life" on IMDb

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High Life is just good enough to be better than a straight-to-video film, but is far from a hit movie. It definitely reminds me the Coen Brothers, with it's fusion of comedy and thriller.

I've been a fan of Timothy Olyphant since 1999, when he was cast as drug dealer Todd Gaines in Go, so I was drawn to this film where he plays the lead. He does a convincing job as Dick, a morphine addict that can't seem to catch a break. I was also impressed with Stephen McIntyre's performance as Bug, a high-strung addict with all of the restraint of a rattlesnake. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the film is watching junkie logic in action, as his fellow addicts and heist conspirators view everything from a warped perspective.

Canadian director Gary Yates, whose career had mostly involved shooting for television, does a surprisingly good job. A perfect example is the self-help group for addicts, where the lighting and camera work makes for a great monologue by suave junkie Billy. The film has a great score which also sets the mood of the movie, with tracks by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Three Dog Night and April Wine.

It's not a straight comedy, so the laughs are infrequent, but the use of humor is always on the money. The buildup to the heist is definitely more interesting than what occurs in the latter half of the film, and the conclusion is a little unsatisfying. It's not a terrific movie as far as crime or drug flicks go, but it's definitely off of the beaten path, and worth a watch.
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It's 1983, and Bug has just been released from prison. Bug meets up with his friend and former cellmate Dick, who is working as part of the cleaning crew at a hospital and it's Dick's first on-the-books job, and it provides him with a steady paycheck as well as an opportunity to steal drugs to feed his appetite for opiates. Thanks to Bug, Dick is quickly fired, but Bug soon gets an idea for a quick and lucrative score. Timothy Olyphant has the part of "Dick," reluctant leader of a hapless group of junkie bank robbers, down to perfection and Rossif Sutherland plays the likable Billy with goofy enthusiasm and a wide smile that refuses to go away no matter how much things go wrong. Even the soundtrack in this movie adds to the story without dominating it, and Gary Yates ends up with a black comedic heist caper movie that is very good. It's a fun and often unpredictable ride that provided plenty of chuckles right until the end.
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I'm very upset, Due to negative 'word of mouth', I did not purchase this movie until 2012. It came out in 2008! This movie is one of the very best bank robbery movies I've seen in a very long time. This is not a comedy, but there is humor. It started off as a non-violent caper, but it got violent. Imagine if Tarantino and the Coen brothers teamed up to do a movie! Well, This movie could have been the end result. You never know what is going to happen next, until it happens. You are never going to predict the ending to this flick, unless you already know it. From the beginning, I was sucked into this movie. There are only one or two slow spots, and they are not long. ( do not attempt to get beer or popcorn from the kitchen during these slow spots), you will end up reversing to see what you missed. I did! This movie tends to reflect real life alot more than movies like: The Heist, The Bank Job, or even The Italion Job! This movie will rivet you to the screen, and tear your heart out at the same time. If you have not yet watched it, order it now, it is very inexpensive compared to the entertainment value. As far as I'm concerned, this is a keeper, as I will want to watch it again!
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By Sparxx on December 10, 2011
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I watched this movie twice in the same day. I found it to be very funny, sad and disturbing. The cast is great. The soundtrack is fantastic. I found myself really liking this group of hapless, dirty, warped, lowlife criminal drug addicts as they dreamed and plotted. I found myself laughing, smiling, on the verge of tears, upset, confused and disappointed along with these guys. I WANTED them to succeed at being criminals. It's certainly worth a look. If you don't buy it, do yourself a favor and rent it for the acting and soundtrack alone.
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I completely agree with the review given by Compay (most helpful review on the movie) which almost mirrored the review I was going to give except that I give this film one more extra star because I found the film more than just average or decent. I found it highly entertaining and the characters extremely likeable and interesting, especially Bug the stone faced psychopath with the dead lifeless eyes. As an Amazon Prime movie (free to Prime members) this is one of the better ones... and we Prime members know there is a LOT of bad to mediocre movies available on Amazon Prime so I'm quite happy when I find one that I enjoy. Only going to be doing movie reviews for Prime videos that don't have that many reviews to either reinforce how much I liked a film or how much I hated it. There are alot of other Prime movies that I've never heard of that have only 1 or 2 reviews and it's nice to see a wider sample in terms of opinion.
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Set in the 80's, the entire setting and perspective resonates with me due to my fond memories of the era. Those of a certain age (i.e., all you dang kids) won't get it, so be it, I don't care.

If you like Timothy Oliphant, you should enjoy seeing him playing a 'non-characteristic' character ... instead of being a straight-laced (Deadwood) or wise-cracking (Justified) good ol' boy lawman, he's a shiftless loser, a stoner/druggie/delinquent ... they don't clearly specify his character's age, but Timothy was actually around 40 when he did this flick, although he looks a LOT younger to me.

The story was a bit twisty with a few surreal drug induced hallucinations and/or imagination scenes that took me a few moments to catch on to ... but in general it's the story of a loser druggie ex-con named Dick (Timothy) who being fresh out of jail is observing the technological advances that have occured while he was put away and contemplating how to take advantage of the weaknesses of new tech in order to make a grand score to set himself up for good. He gathers a crew of old friends and new, makes a plan, and then everything goes to hell.

And all throughout we hear some of the rockin-est tunes from April Wine while the s**** goes down, so it's all good :-D

This isn't necessarily a great movie, but I thought it was a fun movie, with fairly good acting from all involved, no major flaws in plot or execution. If you don't recognize or care about any of the actors, and don't have fond memories of that era gone by, you might not find the story very interesting at all, but if you like 70's rock-n-roll, you might enjoy it just for the soundtrack :-)
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