25 August 2018 | J_Brian
Much Better than I Expected
I got this movie as part of a 10-movie DVD collection at Walmart because we like love to watch them and make fun of the horrible ones. After sitting through several of those crapfests, I figured this would be the same. I was wrong. This was actually probably the best movie in the collection.
The PROS: It was directed well; Howell has an eye for intrigue and action. My favorite thing about this movie is the way Howell and the production team melded the aesthetic and feel of a 40's noir flick with its contemporary environment; it didn't feel out of place or forced. It's like Howell was wise enough to know he didn't have the budget to pull off a full blown, believable 1940's detective movie so he blurred the lines and gave us a very clean and exciting picture. Now THAT'S good film making!
The CONS: The only thing that kept pulling me out of the story was how much Howell resembled Jim Carey from 'Dumb and Dumber'. It was also kinda difficult for me to buy into the idea of baby-faced Howell being this tough-as-nails, rough and tumble private eye. But, he does get his a$$ kicked enough to offset that notion and make it a bit more believable.