18 September 2005 | mambo771975
Good First Try, but...
...not quite the film that it aspires to be.
First of all, the cast is impressive, but too often they are underfed by the drawn-out story.
The performances are all solid, and Caan succeeds in getting you to be invested in caring about the characters.
However, the story is too thin and the attempts at humor really don't land. The previous poster is correct in that the second half of the film drags, and nothing that happens to the characters will come as a surprise to anyone.
There are clear elements in the story which will remind you of "Good Will Hunting" and "The Slaughter Rule", but the characters and actors all carve out their individual idnetities.
I was a bit surprised by the DVD interviews with the cast where they all talked about what a great script it was and how excited they were to do it.
The greatness that these established actors refer to doesn't show up in the final cut.
Having said that, I have to admire Scott Caan's ambition and belief in his work, which is quite evident. But to write, direct and act in your first film is an enormous undertaking and one that very few people outside of Woody Allen could expect to pull off. Yet, "Dallas 362" has strong elements of Caan's directorial talent on display, which I'm sure that he will continue to develop and expand upon.