Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
Billy Bear and Betty Boop share a true love…and a passion for robbin’ and killin’. But someday they’ll have to pay back what they owe.
Is it good movie?
The movie opens up with tight close ups of Billy and Betty as they sit in a diner booth, finishing their breakfast and waxing poetic on small town work ethics and what makes life great. I heaved a huge sigh, thinking I was in for a NBK wannabe Tarantino ripoff, with a little True Romance chaser. This was not helped when the plot pulls back to reveal that the diner is surrounded by cops, and B&B have obviously done more than a few really bad things, a lot of them in that very diner that very day. But the film appeared to be competently executed (haha), so I set my brain to cruise-control and settled in.
But then a funny thing happened: the movie took a strange turn away from where it feinted it was going. Seven-years after that fateful day, after being locked up in prison and away from Betty, she goes and breaks Billy out on his way being transferred to stand trial in another state. What follows is an interesting look at the psyches of these two lunatics: Betty, played broad and hammy by Rachel Miner (veteran of several After Dark Horrorfest films), has no problem simply picking right back up where they left off, while Billy, (the first time I have seen Christian Kane from Angel in a long time) struggles with his inner demons in an attempt to be a good person.
Alas, my admiration for the film rubbed thin, then to nothing, by the finale. Instead of sticking with the character study, a delving into the psyche of a crazy man trying to act sane against the backdrop of the love of his life, who happens to be crazier then him, we get the standard red herring horror film and a twist ending that simply doesn’t make any sense. I wish that the writer was confident enough in the premise he set up to follow it through, and that the directed was confident enough in his (or her, not really sure) visual style to show us the horrors of B&B’s violence, instead of the stylized freeze-frames and cutaways used. But Beth Grant is in it, totally doubting your commitment to Sparkle Motion. And that is always good.
Video / Audio
Video: I’ve got a screener, so about all I can tell you is that it is widescreen, and looks fine. The cinematography is all over the map, so there is no cohesive style present, but the image is always clear.
Audio: Dolby Surround, with optional Spanish subtitles. At least on the official release. This is a (pseudo) crime thriller, so expect lots of really loud cocking of guns.
Screener copy, so nothing but the standard trailer.
Such a promising concept ruined by a lack faith in the material. The progression from crime-thriller to personal drama to horror film could have and should have been handled much better, without the blatant insult to the intelligence of the viewer. It chose to take a path not often followed by the couple-in-a-crime-spree sub-genre, but then pisses all over it. Sad.