Two buddy detectives (Michael Pena, Alexander Skarsgard) are corrupt as hell and enjoy bashing skulls together as they extort the hell out of any vague criminal sort that crosses paths with them. But that’s a really good way to meet some really bad people, and eventually, they do.
It takes all of 4 minutes to realize that this movie is not going to live up to even modified expectations. The dialogue is surprisingly bad, perhaps because writer-director John Michael McDonagh, capable of Calvary, is instead treating this like he’s writing on spec for straight-to-Netflix Adam Sandler.
The good news is that both Pena and Skarsgard look pretty darn good in three piece suits. The fault is not with them – I don’t think anyone could survive this kind of sloppy writing. I think I see what McDonagh is aiming for: salty, quippy, something like Apatow meets Tarantino. Not only does it fail to live up to either of those names, it’s forgettable even as you’re watching it. It may as well never have been made. And it never justifies itself. 97 minutes later, I still can’t even account for the 70s porn music that unironically accompanied random car chase scenes, and I definitely can’t decide which of the villains is most laughable. I guess you might find it passably enjoyable if you’re in the right mood, but I am decidedly not. This shit just feels tone deaf.
” it’s forgettable even as you’re watching it”, well THAT is very funny however!
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I kinda feel you should have those minutes back, Jay. Life is too short for bad shit movies.
I’ll pass, then. Thanks for the heads up.
Oh no and I do like the skarsgardd guy, never mind.
I was about to have an outburst because I haven’t heard of this movie, and your opening sentence sounded amazing, but after reading the whole post I’m like okay, I’ll move on now…
yeah, I thought that too – how do I not know about this ? oh, right, that’s why. carry on.
97 minutes, though. Could have been worse. I have to admit to being tempted by this one. Oooft.
well, you could always give it a try. it’s not awful. it’s just not good, and it could have\should have been way better,a nd i tend to be harder on those.
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