WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Matty Demaret (Barry Pepper) is a pampered mob kid who can't escape the family stigma in order to notch his dream job as a sports agent. Finally giving in and deciding to join his dad's operation, he ends up in a small Montana town with a few of his buddies in an attempt to retrieve a misplaced bag of cash.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Call me a sucker, but I admittedly fell for this simplistic mob story despite a pretty obvious lack of depth, development and an overabundance of one dimensional mobsters. One big advantage of the film is the limited acting of Vin Diesel, who sticks to what he's good at, namely kicking ass! I'm a fan of Mr. Diesel, but he definitely won't be appearing on the London stage anytime soon and his biceps are pretty much his "bread and butter" as far as I'm concerned. He puts them to good use in a great beating sequence though. Barry Pepper is the centerpiece of the film and if we forget BATTLEFIELD EARTH (a.k.a. JoBlo's Bane), the man is starting to make a pretty good name for himself through some solid performances and good films. I was even impressed by Seth Green, an actor I usually dismiss as a comic sidekick (for no good reason, I don't really know why) but who usually ends up stealing a couple of scenes in every one of his film.
Vincent Davoli, the fourth member of the crew and the one whose name doesn't appear on the box cover (since he didn't make it big like the others after this film) is the least developed of the four as the mobster playboy. To round off the deal, appearances are put in by Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich as Mattie's pop and uncle respectively. Both display some puzzling accents which made me unsure of what the hell kind of mob they were anyway. I think they were Italian, but the accents made them sound a bit more like the heads of the mob division that shakes down mental institutes. They did however, contribute pretty well just because they're pretty cool guys and they're accompanied by generic mob henchmen along the way. The dialogue in the film is also up to snuff and although it won't bust your head open with any tremendous displays of originality, it does make for a decent buck and a half's worth of good times.
The All Access Pass begins with a full length audio commentary by directors Brian Koppelman & David Levien in which they discuss their directorial debut. They seem like two decent fellows and keep a good pace to their speech while they comment on the story, the actors and so on and so forth. Being the writers of the film, they also give some insight into the differences between the way the movie is and the way they thought it would be. You can also hear them talk during the optional commentary on the four deleted or alternate scenes, all of which are pretty entertaining and would have added somewhat to the movie. Considering the film is only 92 minutes long, it would have been nice to see a couple in there. Donít get me wrong though, the fact that theyíre not in the film, isnít ruinous either.
The Theatrical Trailer, as well as a couple of other New Line trailers are stashed in there too.
Fun times aplenty in this movie and even though I wouldn't rank it up there with my mob favorites, I sure wouldn't mind revisiting it eventually. The DVD package is quite bare though, but what it does have is pretty interesting and better than a lot of junk you find on other DVD's. I suggest the film for at the very least "a rental", since it's so easy to watch. But if you can get it for a good deal, it wouldn't be a bad one to keep around the house either.