30 Minutes or Less,2011,USA
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari & Danny McBride
Film #29 of The December Project
not gonna lie I was pretty damn excited for '30 Minutes or Less' last
year, due to my fandom of the Eis-Man Jesse Eisenberg after he blew my
mind in one of my favorite films 'The Social Network',the man could do
no wrong!, then this film did not get a theatrical release in Australia,
but I found a pirated copy so things turned out swimmingly... (is
swimmingly still used during conversation these days ?, was it ever used
Nick is a slacker pizza guy, who spends time getting
high,delivering pizzas in 30 minutes or less and watching action films
with his friend Chet. When making a delivery one night, Nick is
kidnapped by Dwayne and his buddy Travis, who strap a bomb to Nick and
force him to rob a bank within 9 hours in order to retrieve money so
Dwayne can hire an assassin to kill his wealthy but abusive father. Nick
is accompanied by Chet attempt to rob a bank, hilarity ensues.
Minutes or Less' was very poorly received upon release, mostly due to
the fact that it makes a comedic film out of a real life tragedy, which
is of course in poor taste. As a film, I honestly enjoyed '30 Minutes or
Less', I tried not to take the real life incident into account and
judge the film strictly on its merits. I thought it was quite funny but a
forgettable and short ride. Recently I was in a Cash Converters with a
good friend of mine and saw this on Blu-Ray for $8 so I thought why not,
it makes for perfect December Project viewing.
revisiting of the film, I found my reactions were basically the exact
same as the first time, Its a fun little ride featuring a fun cast. Is
it a good film ? No, its obviously made to be controversial and a hot
topic, which it really wasn't, It also suffers heavily from some bizarre
scripting problems and some unoriginal ideas, the fact that Nick and
Chet replicate action films felt right out of 'Hot Fuzz'. The film never
really gets out of the fun but mindless spectrum.
The film is
directed by Ruben Fleischer, who showed some great potential with his
direction of 'Zombieland' in 2009. Fleischer understandably struggles
with the material, I'm not sure any filmmaker could create a film out of
this that could please everyone. Fleischer does create a fast and
entertaining experience though, which is about the most he could do.
Hopefully he shines with 'Gangster Squad' next year.
The cast is
very fun here, I love Jesse Eisenberg so I really enjoyed him here too.
Aziz Ansari is fun too, and he alongside Eisenberg create an enjoyable
duo. Danny McBride and Nick Swardson also create a humorous duo.
Minutes or Less' is a film I have enjoyed both times I have seen it.
Sure, its isn't smart and is also pretty damn distasteful if you think
about it but it is funny and it is entertaining. I clocked the film in
at about 78 minutes sans credits, so your not really wasting all that
much time if you decide to watch it. Not a film for everyone though.
My Review of '30 Minutes or Less' from November 2011