|Directed by:||Steven Soderbergh|
|Written by:||Elmore Leonard, Scott Frank|
|Cast:||George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Albert Brooks, Nancy Allen, Catherine Keener, Isaiah Washington, Steve Zahn, Luis Guzman, Keith Loneker|
Caught this one on Netflix PS3 the other night after hearing very good things about it from a lot of people.
It's an enjoyable film with some solid performances and some interesting conversations, as well as some solid action scenes (with some nice violence) and comedic bits throughout that, for the most part, worked very well.
The cast is all pretty solid, especially Steve Zahn and Don Cheadle. There are also a bevy of cameos throughout, which are cool but actually draw more attention away from the film than add to it.
The story is interesting, but it's nothing amazing and while there are certainly moments where it shines, the script falters numerous times, especially in the last 10 minutes or so leaving us with a very dull conclusion that thinks it's slick and sly. More than anything the movie is just too drawn out, it's overlong and has some serious pacing issues. It doesn't completely ruin the film by any means though.
I always passed by this one on the Netflix page, but after watching it even though it did relate to the plot description, it was a lot different than I expected, after seeing not only the synopsis but ALSO the poster for the movie, which I feel represents something different than what the movie is.
Overall it was a disappointment, but it was still a solid watch. I can't totally recommend this as a 'must see' but it's a watchable, entertaining movie that is just a bit too flawed for my liking. I was really thinking of giving this one a 7 out of 10, but after reflecting on it more, even with all the good it has to it, the things that hinder it warrant a 6 instead.