18 September 2001 | pzanardo
Original movie: Tarantino's style plus New Age
"Small time" is a movie in Tarantino's style blended (oddly enough) with New Age themes. I normally dislike Tarantino's imitators, but "Small time" is really a funny and interesting film. The story is simple. The small time crook Ben (Glenn Plummer) has the chance to make an important delivery for some big-shot: the meeting point is an abandoned hut in the desert. Unfortunately, he has the awful idea to take with him two cretinous accomplices: their idiotic self-damaging behavior is the main source of funny trouble in the movie. And in the desert Ben meets a mysterious old Indian chief (a ghost?) who somewhat introduces him to New Age philosophy.
The narrating style of the director Jeffrey Reiner is fast-paced and original. A pleasant black humor permeates the script. In spite of an evident low-budget, the film is made with taste and accuracy. Many people are killed, but, fortunately, violence is kept to a minimal level. The acting is generally adequate. Plummer is a nice guy. Arguably the best is Rae Dawn Chong, gorgeous and incredibly sexy in the role of a proficient, ruthless gangster.
In conclusion, "Small time" is far from being a great movie, but it is entertaining, often unpredictable and made in an original way.