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Hard Luck
DVD disk
11.02.2006 By: Sturdy
Hard Luck order
Director:
Mario Van Peebles

Actors:
Wesley Snipes
Aubrey Dollar
Kevin Thoms

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An infamous ex-con and a stripper find themselves on the run from the cops after a gun deal goes bad. Soon, they find themselves thrown into the world of two notorious serial killers.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
HARD LUCK is a film that just doesnít have any clue about what it wants to be. Itís not a horror movie, itís not a drama, itís not an action film and it definitely isnít funny. It tries to be a lot of things, but the one thing it actually succeeds at being is a bad movie. This is the first film I can think of that tries to combine a typical heist film with a sick and twisted serial killer film and thereís a reason it hasnít been done before.

Itís bad enough that Wesley Snipes has been relegated to b-movies, but he could at least attempt to play a different type of character. Iíve seen three of his direct-to-DVD films and each time he plays the ex-con trying to be legit, that ends up in a hotel room with a beautiful naked girl. I only wish I was joking.

I would also like to say that the sick and twisted serial killers are truly sick and twisted. Theyíre disturbing and their characters are given no real reason for their crimes and they really have no place in the film. Iím not sure what Mario Van Peebles was thinking when he chose this script, but he had to have known those characters were going to alienate the normal audience for a Wesley Snipes flick.

For the most part, the acting was average. The directing was average. The script was unstructured and poorly written. Also, Wesley Snipes should never narrate a film. He just has no emotion in his voice and itís distracting to hear him talk over the film.

I think Paul Thomas Anderson once said that any movie that has Luis Guzman in it is instantly better for it. I agree with that and his scenes were really the only bearable moments. Well, that and the strip club scenes.
THE EXTRAS
Behind the Scenes with Mario Van Peebles (18:30): Mario offers a recap of the movie, which was unnecessary to say the least. He offers a few tidbits, but for the most part, heís just talking up the movie.

Deleted Scenes (11:42): I thought the punk rock couple had the most interesting storyline in the film. Unfortunately, it felt like they had a lot of scenes cut. As it turns out, I was right and these are those scenes. I liked them, but their characters were drastically underused, even with these scenes.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
No one is going to confuse HARD LUCK for a good movie. Itís all over the place and didnít seem to have any direction in terms of genre. It had too many problems and just wasnít worth the 101 minute investment.
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