it's been a while now, for a few reasons! i've not watched any movies lately, nor found any interesting ones, and i've been working for a good bit. but now i bring you another installment of my movie reviews! this time it's gone in sixty seconds!the movie posters i found were either dumb, tagged, foreign or all of the above!imdb
- 6.4what's it about?
a crew of insurance people lead double lives as car thieves. a druglord from south america pays them a decent amount of money to steal 48 cars. shit hits the fan when the police receives a phone call from an insider about one certain 1973 mustang, the last of the 48 is about to be stolen! there isn't much more to the movie than this, other than the shit i'll be elaborating over later!so, what's mog's thoughts?
well, i figured it couldn't possibly be worse than the 2000 one with the lousy nicolas cage in it. why? cos i like 70s movies more than nicolas cage movies! it isn't a proper reason, i know, but there is something about the 70s i really do like, and there is something about mr. cage i don't like, so that would be the reason.
anyway, the dialogue is stale and poorly delivered to the point of campy, but luckily there isn't too much of it. some of it is delivered through voiceovers which spare us the ludicrous acting!~ they spend some time setting up the premise, and then start stealing cars. this part is still more memorable than the 2000 movie! it doesn't feel too genuine, but neither did the remake.
among the characters is the token woman and black guy. the rest of them are what you picture insurance people to be, altho with a cool edge. white, 40s men. the woman is pretty cool and stuff if you dig the 70s vibe, which i do a whole lot! the only female in the ensemble! proper 70s woman! groovy!
still, what makes this movie is the car chase. i won't reveal too much, but i'll say this: it is the, -THE- best car chase i've ever seen in a movie! it's so good it even has some of the vibe of the getaway in stockholm movies! and the amount of cars crashed or totalled is mind boggling! what's part in making it proper is the cut-ins, of which there are two kinds: 1. the radio people interviewing people who witnessed the madness, and 2. the victims of the car chase, collisions and what not, being attended to by police, bystanders, firetrucks and all that -- sort of a consequence part to the insanity, sort of to balance the whole thing out. it is a counterweight to romanticising car chases.
the car chase alone is well worth watching, and at times it feels like it's never ending! also, seeing 60s/70s american cars drive like that is hilarious if you're some sort of car geek. but there are times (if you are one of us car nerds) you have to suspend belief to keep up with the movie. among them smashing into a light post, front corner first, and still be able to drive away! i don't give a flying fuck tho, a minute later i was properly entranced again by the thrill!~some trading of paint do occur!
what's also annoyed me as a car geek is the part about speeding up the film to make it seem faster than it is, but it was for the very most part executed very well in this one!so, mog, what's your rating on this?
while the movie itself has clear cut weak and strong points, it's overall a properly decent movie seen with 70s eyes.acting: 1
yes, i give it a one, cos it was a bit hard to decide if it was just campy (involuntarily funny) or just plain bad. but still, somewhat lifeless, stale and poor acting all included, it didn't annoy me to the point of aggression, nor make me laugh at their poor delivery! they were sort of extremes that averaged each other out, to the point of receiving 1 point above total neutral!~directing: 140
it had proper pacing, nice actiony camera angles, proper sets, nice flow through scene changes, kept increasing the tension in me proportionally; excitement levels slowly, but smoothly rising until the final car chase started, when the movie went stellar excitementwise!car chase: top mark!~
the undefined top mark is given to this one! this beats every other car chases i've ever seen in any movies, from Steve McQueen's Bullitt
, to Ronin
, Vanishing Point
and the french Taxi
movies! by far too! sweet mercy and by everything i hold holy, this was a proper car chase! i suppose you'll get the most out of it if you're -both- easily sold on exciting moments in movies as well as cars! it might not be top marks for those of you who don't like both of those on a level far above average! some might say too long, others too unbelieveable and whatnot, but in my book it was perfect! the cut-ins and everything, the music, etc! i'm baffled!overall: 6000!
i like that number! comparably i gave it 8 stars on imdb.
8 stars for a few reasons: i like 70s movies, i like cars and car chases, i love 70s soundtracks, and i like a bit of a campy feel to movies! the soundtrack was a bit more jam rock-y than the lalo schifrin kind of dirty harry movies and others (bigband), but it had the very same vibe to it! sweet shit, what an awesome movie this was! it is to be noted that i finished watching it about 15-20 minutes ago, so much of the car chase is still boiling in my system!
and like i've said earlier about other movies, this movie might not be for you unless you like cars and/or car chases, or if you don't have any kind of relationship to 70s cinema!
any requests or suggestions for anything i should review is appreciated, but not necessarily acted upon!~
previous reviews: Another Earth
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