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Comedy - General

Masterminds (2016)


Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story Loosely based on real events
Director Jared Hess
Writers/Script Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, Emily Spivey (who also wrote the story)
Starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon,

Elevator Pitch: Kelly, a former female employee of Loomis Fargo with links to small time criminals pursuades her former partner in the firm, David Ghantt, to help them rob the armoured car facility. Even though he is engaged to be married, he has fallen for her, and carries out the heist, later getting on a plane to Mexico with a bit of the money. But most of it remains with the gang and they not only cut him loose, but also inform the authorities of his whereabouts and hire an assassin to kill him. Meanwhile the gang leader and his girfriend spend, spend, spend heedless of the fact that maybe Kelly has feelings for David.

Content: Occassional slightly risque conversation is all. David is clumsy, almost shooting himself in the arse on the firing range. He and Kelly drive about in the armoured car. He robbs the Loomis Fargo facility and goes on the run, so a lot of time in a luxury hotel in Mexico, and then in lower grade establishments when things go wrong. The other thieves buy a mansion and generally splurge out. The assassin fails to kill David and later he returns to rescue Kelly from the mansion.

A View: This outing was generally panned by the critics. The ticket returns only just covered its production cost of $25 million, so probably compounding the financial problems of Relativity Media, who had filed for Chapter 11 before the release. Despite the competence of the cast, although I was irritated by Zach G’s hair, it never quite seemed to take off, so not really even worth an hour and thirty-five minutes of your time. I am just a bit distressed that this fairly lame outing is the 1000th film I have reviewed.

Additional Info: This film really was a take on an actual crime, and the real David Ghantt acted as an advisor. Two million dollars of the 17 million stolen was never recovered.

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