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ABC Film Challenge – Crime – B – Bandits (2002) Movie Rob’s Pick

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ABC Film Challenge – Crime – B – Bandits (2002) Movie Rob’s Pick

“You’re gonna knock over a bank with a Magic Marker? What are you gonna do, write on ’em? ” – Terry

Number of Times Seen – Twice (6 Feb 2002 and 2 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two escaped convicts start a bank robbery spree where they kidnap the bank managers the night before and then spend the night at their house before traveling to the bank to steal the money in the morning.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and didn’t recall much about it besides the fact that it starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett.

It’s actually quite a mediocre heist film since it tries much too hard to make this feel as if it’s story is one that could be “ripped from the headlines” and also feel pertinent to Reality TV, which was in its infancy at the time.

The chemistry between the characters is quite weak and the fact that Willis and Thornton don’t feel as if they are on level ground also hurts things since the characters are meant to be equal.

Blanchett’s character is quite annoying the whole way through and it’s pretty difficult to believe that she is able to have a romance with one of these men, and they want us to believe that she has one with both of them.

This love triangle just doesn’t work on any level.

The story itself is quite repetitive and they rehash things much too often instead of trying to break new ground along the way.

This film should have been much shorter and that might have been better if edited together.

The movie fails to decide whether it wants to be seen as a comedy or as a crime thriller and in the end it feels as if it is neither especially when there are too many scenes that play off as being overly melodramatic for their own good.

Bottom Line – Very mediocre heist film that tries too hard to feel as if it is “ripped from the headlines” during the beginning of the days of Reality TV.  Willis and Thornton don’t work very well together because they never seem to feel as if their characters are on equal levels. Blanchett’s character is quite annoying throughout and its very hard to believe the love triangle that comes about.  The story itself feels too repetitive and things could have been shortened a lot because they try to reestablish things that they previously established.  The plot gets a bit too melodramatic for its own good and fails to make the decision of whether they want this to be seen as a comedy or as a crime thriller and in the end, it seems like neither.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Billy Bob Thornton has a phobia of antique furniture in real life, and the producers wrote it in as part of his character. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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