Saturday, 12 November 2011

30 Minutes Or Less (2011)

30 Minutes Or Less,2011,USA
Director:Ruben Fleischer
Stars:Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson

Pizza delivery boy Nick(Eisenberg)is kidnapped by two Amatuer criminals,Dwayne(McBride) and Travis(Swardson),They strap a bomb to Nick's chest and force him to rob a bank so Dwayne can acquire enough money to have his unloving Father assassinated,If its not done in ten hours they will detonate the bomb,Along with his friend Chet(Aziz Ansari)Nick must find a way to either rob a bank or rid himself of the bomb.

It would be easy to ridicule 30 Minutes Or Less,For such things as making a comedy out of a real life tragedy,Its shortcuts in story telling and its over the top action sequences,But personally i enjoyed every minute of it.

I had been wanting to see this film for quite a while,mainly because of the fact that Jesse Eisenberg is one of my favorite actors,especially after his critically acclaimed performance in David Fincher's "The Social Network", Another reason is because he re teams with Ruben Fleischer with whom he worked on 2009's "Zombieland" with,which was well recieved and mixed the genres of Horror and Comedy quite well.Sure 30 minutes Or Less isn't as smart or as well made as that film, but i loved it for what it is, 80 minutes of great humor,loud action,car crashes and misfit characters.

There are some fun performances as well, Eisenberg is great as always,I havent seen Aziz Ansari in much else but he was hilarious,Danny McBride was terrific and was well teamed with partner in crime Nick Swardson.

30 Minutes Or Less is a fun film,sure it isn't intelligent film making and is probably aimed for an audience of teenage boys(probably why i liked it)But it is an entertaining hour and twenty minutes and shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Tom: 3/4

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