But Anniston is a vaporous Mickey. Life of Crime doesn't have anything remarkable to say really, it simply is content with existing and perhaps trying to hook Jackie Brown fans along the way. And the doctor goes: Cause i'm trying to exam you. This is a period film. Unbeknownst to her, he's channeling money to a secret bank account, and his trips include meeting up with a young girlfriend Melanie Isla Fisher.
As a result, the film - which starts off with real fizz and some surprising depth - proves to be mostly entertaining but very little else. It turns out that the only one with any brains is Melanie. . A second woman is tied up. Jacksonís performance as the same character without ever seeming beholden to it.
I don't blame it on the actors, i blame it on the screenplay that simply ain't as good. There is some good character development in Mickey, but overall the characters in this film lack depth. The only downside is that he was going to divorce her and is with his mistress when they call so he's not all that concerned. All of the actors try and make the most out of a terrible storyline, but there performances isn't enough to save the film. Rating: Elmore Leonardís best books make for good movies because they are as much about characters and behavior as they are about plot.
Mickey is no exception either, going from a beaten-down and delusional housewife to a survivalist with vivacious insight. They take themselves lightly, so it's tough for me to see the situation as all that serious. Fortunately, the final act picks up momentum. If that guy is a ticking time bomb, so is the owner of the house Louis and Ordell are keeping Mickey in. Two con men hatch a plan to kidnap the trophy wife of a real estate magnet.
The movie is based around a couple of guys who kidnap a rich man's wife in order to get a million dollars for her release. That's the word I want to use when I think of an overall impression of Life of Crime. The majority of the film features Jennifer Aniston interacting with her kidnappers and trying to form a bond with the bumbling idiots. Robbins and Def are supporting characters. I wont spoil it, but I was surprised. On the whole, 'Life of Crime' gets some things right, not all. Not the most unique idea for a film! I found it enjoyable, although I thought cast, especially Jennifer Aniston phoned it in.
Melanie lets Ordell in on the divorce update and suggests that they can get more if Mickey dies. Elmore Leonardís best books make for good movies because they are as much about characters and behavior as they are about plot. I'll give it this - it has a great soundtrack. It's interesting that Jennifer Aniston took on such a small picture, but maybe they thought her appearance would put people in seats which I guess is true. Life of Crime's talented cast doesn't save this mediocre film, although they provide some enjoyment. Although he never reaches the poetic verbosity of Jackie Brown which Quentin Tarantino adapted from Leonardís Rum Punch, and which also features the characters of Louis and Ordell or the formal daring of Steven Soderberghís take on Out of Sight, Schechter has fashioned a movie that leaves you feeling just as entertained as a book by Leonard would. These aren't the characters we fell in love with in films like Jackie Brown, Out of Sight, and Get Shorty which were all created by Leonard.
Will Forte and Mark Boone Junior give strong supporting roles as well and there were actually a few moments involving the two that stood out for me comedic wise. However, Louis has grown sweet on their captive, while the duoís incredibly dumb neo-Nazi partner Richard Mark Boone Jr. Frank denies all her accusations. Life of Crime is a prequel to Rum Punch Samuel L. If she's a victim of traumatic stress, she doesn't even pull this off. I give it a B-.
Well, the movie's story rolls out quite slow for me. Mickey Dawson Jennifer Aniston is married - quite unhappily - to Frank Tim Robbins , a rude, insensitive brute so obnoxious that he almost seems to be trying to drive her away. It has some decent performances in it and it's in the end an entertaining amusing experience but i can't say it's much else. My main disappointment was 2. Right after the kidnapping incident, one expects the pace to get faster, but it doesn't. In addition, the twist at the end comes way too late, and it would have been more interesting to see it happen earlier, and see the story unfold after the twist.
As big of a star as Aniston is, I'm still surprised at how talented she is at comedy and it's nice to see her keep taking edgy and cleverly written roles in films like this ; rather than poorly written and clichéd rom-com fluff. She starts taking the phone calls, claiming Frank isn't around. When I think of female stars who can carry a film, she isn't one. Life of Crime opens today in limited release. Def is also charming in this film and the two play off one another extremely well.