Jackie Powers (Scott Caan) is a nice guy but a lousy hit man, and when he’s sent to take out a crafty debtor (J.K. Simmons), Jackie only pisses him off. Fleeing the scene, Jackie takes bored waitress Lola as a hostage. When Jackie reveals he needs money to get his son out of jail, Lola cooks up a scheme for them to get cash from her dying mother (Virginia Madsen). Meanwhile, a thug sent to kill him is sleeping with Jackie’s ex. Also starring Frank Grillo, this crime-comedy is a witty homage to Tarantino and the Coen brothers.—Lionsgate
The headline names made me watch this one, and though it started out with a reasonably interesting premise, It became clear that the poor script and weak plot were not going to do anything remotely passable for anything entertaining.
It doesn’t really go anywhere, and nothing much is done with the off-beat concept that’s brandished in the beginning.
The story is very weak and I’m only surprised more wasn’t done to wrest if from the vestiges of what can barely be considered mediocrity. By this I mean, there is nothing interesting about what happens nor does the story attempt to engage in anything which could be considered remotely interesting.
The script is “Meh” Here we have people engaged in what I often call ‘Hollywood talk’ where they speak to each other in sentences and style that we only ever see in movies, but doesn’t amount to a hill of beans or bare any resemblance to verbal exchanges in real life.
The unfortunate consequences of the poor story and script mean there is nothing substantial to latch on to here, and despite the direction and performances being first rate (for the most part) they can’t instil any excitement into what unfolds on screen.
This is one of those movies I would categorize as – A bunch of stuff happens then the movie ends – but nothing therein makes it an enjoyable entertainment piece.
It’s not terrible, but its more something I’d have on in the background while training in my home gym or cooking in the kitchen. Definitely not something to sit down on the sofa and indulge in with a tub of popcorn and good company.
I think 3/10 is a fair score, maybe 4/10 at a push.