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Bandits (Soundtrack)

Bandits Review

Directed By: Barry Levinson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett

If you only make your snap decision to go see a flick or not to see one on the first paragraph then here you go. See it, but try to catch it on a matinee or a cheap Tuesday evening.

The film is good, it just doesn't seem, for all it's craft and style, to know when to say enough is enough. If one hauled out twenty to thirty minutes of this flick it might have a stronger sense of pacing and that is the only thing that is missing.

Joe (Bruce Willis) and Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) are two prisoners who haphazardly escape from jail and then proceed to go on a lengthy string of bank heists in order to fund a nightclub they plan on opening in Mexico. When Terry inadvertently meets Kate (Cate Blanchett) things start to go a little astray when both of the men fall in love with her.

Willis and Thornton play off one another as if they have been doing this comedy duo act for years. Each character has enough idiosyncrasies to make them stand out from previous outings and making each of the actors seem to enjoy playing these parts.

It's just sad when the movie falters so much towards the end. It keeps going on and on and by this time the audience has had the chance to catch up and see the final reel unspooling a mile away. So, what is supposed to be a surprise never actually comes off that way, it just comes off as a weak ending to what could have been a very solid comedy.

What is surprising is that Barry Levinson seems to always stay to the wrong side of the hit movie. So many times he has had the right cast, a unique, if not fascinating script but the material always seems too stretched. The man has a great eye, and style to spare...he just has to let go of some of the precious footage to make it fly better than it does. Bandits is a perfect case of too much in place of too little.

Copyright© Written By Staffwriter: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Alternate Ending
Deleted Scenes
"Creating Scene 71" Featurette
Making Of Bandits Featurette

Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
PORTUGUESE: Dolby Digital Stereo

The DVD Review:
Slated for release April 2, 2002.

Evil Ash

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