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After the Sunset
DVD disk
Apr 6, 2005 By: Quigles
After the Sunset order
Director:
Brett Ratner

Actors:
Pierce Brosnan
Salma Hayek
Woody Harrelson

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Extras:
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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two thieves (a British charmer and a voluptuous partner) pull off one last major diamond heist before being able to enjoy their riches basking at the Bahamas. So thatís that; nothing more than a retired couple, right? FBI Agent Stan doesnít buy it. You see, the last Napoleon diamond is coming for peopleís viewing pleasure on a cruise, and itís the only one the two law-breakers havenít stolen. A mix of comedy, romance, crime, and buddy elements follow.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Simple and forgettable. Aside from the gorgeous miss Salma Hayek and the pretty scenery, nothing about AFTER THE SUNSETS stands out in the least. The characters are simple, the plot isnít original, the heist is bland, and the relationship stuff is boring. To be blunt, this isnít a good movie. All the aspects of this caper/romance/comedy lack in numerous ways, and considering that each of them play major parts in the film, thatís a very bad thing. With all these problems, it would make any viewer feel as though the movie would outright suck... but it doesnít. There are a few chuckles to be had here and there, the actors are fairly compelling (even if the characters are lame), and Hayek prances around most of the movie with very little clothes on (thanks Ratner!). It may not be a good movie, but at least it entertains most of the time and looks good. The biggest complaint to be had consists of the heist, which is not only unoriginal, but is also uninteresting and done without intensity. Go check out another caper flick instead if thatís what youíre looking for.

The romance stuff was also pretty blasť. The connection between the actors was almost nonexistent, and it didnít help that it was presented in a way that dragged down the already mediocre flick even lower. I did however find much of the movie funny. Not hilarious by any means, but it could definitely be considered ďsmile inducingĒ, cast aside the annoyingly lame ďgay in bedĒ joke with Brosnan and Harrelson. A huge portion of the viewerís entertainment will stem from how much they can enjoy the filmís humor, so be sure to keep that in mind while watching (if you do partake, that is). My final complaint concerning the movie would be that it should have been rated R, and in that regard could have featured a full on nude scene with Hayek on the beach. Yes, I realize this sounds like some boyish fantasty (which it is), but Iím sure many people (and by people, I mean guys) would agree that had this been the case, it would have qualified as a four-star movie. Whoís with me?
THE EXTRAS
Surprisingly, there are some very nice extras here, as well as a few Easter Eggs.

Feature Commentary (with Brett Ratner, producer Beau Flynn, and editor Mark Helfrich): Despite Ratner praising his film a bit too much, this is an informative and detailed listen. Itís especially fun to hear them talk about the actors.

Deleted/Alternate Scenes (16:48 - with optional commentary): We get 15 of them. Many of them are unnecessary to the movie (which is why they got cut), but are still entertaining to watch. The alternate ending is also humorous, but I think unintentionally so.

Blooper Reel (4:51): Some of these clips are hilarious, while others arenít as much. Still worth watching.

Before, During, and After the Sunset (1:10:19): A lengthy and in-depth documentary that I enjoyed very much. Compared to many ďmaking-ofĒ featurettes of late, this one reigns supreme. Informs on everything from pre-production, filming, post-production, and more. Watch it!

Charlie Rose Show (18:25): Depending on whether or not you like Rose or his show, you will love or hate this. I donít like Rose, so I didnít like this as much as I wanted to.

Interview With a Jewel Thief (8:09): Should be cooler than it is. Brett Ratner interviews an ex-thief named Bill Mason. Sort of boring, but mildly interesting none-the-less.

Visual Effects Comparison (3:18): Short, but sweet. We see just how sophisticated some of the seemingly simple scenes are from the film. I found this to be an excellent addition to the DVD.

We also get a Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, and two Previews for other New Line films.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Depending on what youíre looking for in a movie like this, chances are you can do better. As a caper flick it sucks. As a comedy itís entertaining enough. And as a romance, itís boring. So far this equation equals a stinker (for the most part). But wait, there are a few more variables, and Iím not talking about Brosnanís hairy chest. Lets add a good cast of actors, a very ďprettyĒ setting, plenty of fun scenes, a half-naked and gorgeous Salma Hayek, and finally, a nice set of extras on the DVD. It almost evens out, but not quite. Still though, itís pretty hard to do better than watching Hayek shake her butt in a bikini for ninety minutes.
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