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How to Rob a Bank [Movie Review]

Written by Greg Anderson-Elysee on Friday, March 14 2008 and posted in Columns
ImageWritten and directed by Andrews Jenkins, I caught this indy flick the other week on PPV and I must say it was good money well spent.

Nick Stahl (That Yellow Bastard in Sin City and John Connor in T3) stars in this hilarious comedy about a slacker named Jinx who gets trapped in a bank vault when a gang of bank robbers, lead by Simon, played by Gavin Rossdale (Balthazar in Constantine and rock star of the formerly famed Bush and Institute) basically charges into the bank guns blazing.

While stuck in the vault, he runs into computer geek Jessica, portrayed by a raven wig wearing Erika Christensen who easily becomes your dirty fantasy for that night while and after you’ve finish watching the movie. Outside of the bank is a raid of cops, lead by Officer Degepse and played by the always hilarious Terry Crews, wanting to get into the bank to save the hostages from the paranoid and pill popping English man, Simon, who wants in the vault while Jinx just wants his twenty bucks.

The movie is packed with witty dialogue and mishaps between each character that gets a good laugh basically every two-to-five minutes. The chemistry between all the characters are well done and you grow fond of each of them as they all find ways to annoy each other through talking on cell phones. One scene that gets a good laugh is when Rossdale frantically loses his head for a second and charges out of the bank and rushes back in after chucking his cell phone at the back of Crews’ head all because his batteries ran out. The movie is paced rather well and the editing easily gets my attention. The way scenes are filmed and cut and pasted adds to the humor and the fun. Hell, even David Carradine (Bill in Kill Bill) joins into the fun as Nick as he finds ways to add to more trouble on the cell phone exchanges of these characters.

But yes, I recommend this film all around. It won’t blow your mind, but if you’re bored and just want to have a good time for an hour and a half, check this movie out. Don’t expect mind-boggling stuff. Leave your brains in a jar and enjoy the kool aid.

Posted originally: 2008-03-14 08:27:51

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Gregory Anderson-Elysee is a Brooklyn born and based filmmaker (director and editor), playwright, comic book writer, model, and part time actor. He was one of the first writers and interviewers of The Outhouse. He is the writer and creator of the upcoming book Is'nana the Were-Spider. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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