Sunday, August 14, 2011

30 Minutes or Less Review

Although not as funny as 2009's Zombieland, director Ruben Fleischer follows it up with a not quite as brilliant, but still funny, action-spoof comedy, 30 Minutes or Less.

The plot: Nick
(Jesse Eisenberg - love, love, love him!) is a pizza delivery guy with no ambition and headed nowhere with his life and his lone friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari), barely wants anything to do with him. Dwayne (Danny McBride) is even worse off. He plots with his friend Travis (Nick Swardson) to kill his own father (Fred Ward) in order to get a $2 million inheritance. But first he needs money to hire a hit-man, so he and his partner strap a bomb to the pizza guy and tell him to rob a bank - or he'll blow up.
Is it hard to believe that two morons like Dwayne and Travis could conjure up such an ingenious plan? Of course, it is. But we are not here to be informed, we are here to be entertained, and 30 Minutes or Less delivers as Nick talks Chet into helping him with his predicament. The charm of this movie resides in the comedic moments that come about during the execution of the scheme. The way the two prepare for the robbery is perhaps the best part of the movie. The little comments and jokes exchanged during the film were hit and miss with some of them being extraordinarily funny.

Gradually, we come to realize that the would-be criminal mastermind played by McBride is not someone to really laugh at. He is sick, twisted and evil. Perhaps the filmmakers think he is sick, twisted, evil and funny. But no.

30 Minutes or Less is fast paced, action packed, and even downright hilarious at times. Unfortunately, it doesn't keep up the momentum it first starts off with. The humor becomes stale, the actors tend to get caught up in being silly rather than moving the story along, but 30 Minutes or Less is still fairly amusing and at least worth a rental in the long run.



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