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Next Day Air

Posted in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by Mystery Man

 

PLOT:

When a misguided delivery driver inadvertently delivers a package containing concealed bricks of cocaine to the wrong address, it sets in motion a desperate search and battle for the coke between the furious dealer that sent it, the fearful intended recipients that missed it, and the conniving accidental recipients that plan to flip it. Time is running out and everyone’s trying to get their hands on the package that’s been sent…Next Day Air!

REVIEW:

Hmmm…a delivery driver, who happens to be high, delivers a package of cocaine to the wrong people, who find out what it is and try to sell it, while the intended owners are about to lose their life if they don’t find it. The plot is so generic that I almost didn’t even bother with this film.

The cast that they put together for this film isn’t necessarily a group of comedy all-stars, but rather a bunch of sidekick actors, for lack of a better term, getting their shot at the big time. unfortunately, none of them step up in the way one would expect. Mike Epps is his usual character, a little slow off the take. Donald Faison doesn’t seem to know if he’s coming or going, and aside from his scenes with Debbie Allen and Mos Def, seems to be rather whiny throughout the entre picture. Speaking of Mos Def, he is arguably the biggest name in here, but is only in two or three scenes. I don’t understand that.

The way the trailers made this film look, it was like this was going to be some sort of buddy film where they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. That might actually have been better that what ended up.

Please don’t misunderstand me and think that this thing totally sucks, because it doesn’t. As a matter of fact, listening to Mike Epps and Wood Harris’ exchanges was quite entertaining, as was Mos Def’s explanation for stealing stuff from his own truck.

Many reviews I’ve read have said exactly what I was thinking as I was watching it, and that is that it can’t decide if it wasn’t to be an action/comedy or gritty action drama. Because of this, the film really suffers. I think if they would have had a more definitive direction they wanted to go in, this would be much better, but it still is worth watching, though I wouldn’t necessarily rush out to see it, unless you want to feast on eye candy Yasmin Deliz.

3 out of 5 stars

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Scarface

Posted in Classics, Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2008 by Mystery Man

 

I’m sure you’ve heard something about this movie, if nothing more that some kind of reference, especially if you’re big into the rap scene. Most people are aware of if because it seems that everyone on MTV Cribs would talk about this thing like its God’s gift to cinema. It’s also responsible for the famous line, “Say hello to my little friend!”

PLOT:

The film begins with a description of how, in 1980, Cuban President Fidel Castro let the gates open on Mariel Harbor in Cuba allowing thousands of Cubans to immigrate to Florida on boatlifts. However, some of these immigrants were criminals or ex-convicts.

Enter Tony Montana, one of the thousands of Cubans that immigrated to Miami, Florida. He and his best friend Manny Ribera are met with resistance, particularly because of their criminal records, and are placed in limbo (so to speak) in Freedomtown, a place where Cuban refugees without green cards are kept. Manny makes Tony aware of a deal, where a wealthy man, Frank Lopez, can give them access to Green Cards and be able to leave Freedomtown. But, they have to kill a former Cuban security agent named Emilio Rebenga, who tortured Frank’s brother to death in Cuba, in order to obtain it. Tony does this without much thought, and they receive their residency. Tony and Manny begin working in a small Cuban food stand to make money, but Tony soon grows restless. They both make a deal with drug dealer Omar Suarez (the same man who made the “Rebenga deal”) to get paid for getting cocaine from Colombian dealer “Hector the Toad”. Tony dislikes Omar’s attitude, but obliges.

Although the deal with Hector soon turns bad, Tony and Manny both escape alive and with the cocaine. Instead of allowing Omar to take the cocaine to his boss Frank Lopez, Tony takes it to Frank personally, already untrusting of Omar. Tony manages to win Frank over with his sense of humor and bold attitude, and he ends up getting a job under Frank in his drug dealing business (along with Manny). Meanwhile, Tony takes an interest in Frank’s girlfriend, Elvira Hancock. While Tony flirts with Elvira, she doesn’t show any interest in him (or anyone else for that matter).

Tony pays a visit to his estranged family’s home. It is implied that Tony’s father walked out on the family years ago, but his mother and his younger sister Gina are home. Gina is excited to see Tony (who hasn’t seen the family in 5 years), while his mother isn’t too thrilled. When he offers his mother $1,000 (claiming he’s “made it”), his mother declines the offer. She believes he’s still up to no good, and wants him to leave because she doesn’t want him rubbing off on Gina. Tony leaves, but Gina runs after him. He slips her the $1,000 secretly, and tells her to spend it on whatever she wants and to give his mother a little from time to time. It is clear he cares for his sister greatly, but later on in the film gives proof that he is very overprotective of her.

While in Bolivia, Tony and Omar begin discussing business plans with Alejandro Sosa on the behalf of Frank who couldn’t make it down. Tony begins making major decisions about distribution of the drugs (decisions that Omar believes Frank should be approving). Omar and Tony begin arguing over the matter, while Alejandro offers Omar a quick helicopter ride back home. However, Alejandro makes one of his henchmen hang and kill Omar, who was allegedly an informant for the police. Alejandro believes Tony, however, is trustworthy and makes him one of his business partners. When returning to Florida, Tony comes under heat by Frank, who is angry at what had occurred in South America. Tony and Frank end their business relationship, while Tony begins making bolder passes at Elvira, one of them right in front of Frank. At a nightclub, Tony is nearly shot and killed by two henchmen. Tony is convinced Frank is responsible for the hit, and he and Manny hunt Frank down and kill him once he admits to it.

Afterwards, all seems to be going well for Tony. He marries Elvira, takes over Frank’s empire and becomes very wealthy. However, cracks in Tony’s “perfect life” begin to form. Both he and Elvira become addicted to cocaine. He becomes more paranoid and untrusting of those around him, and she becomes more bored and distant. Manny and Gina begin dating behind Tony’s back, afraid of what his reaction would be if he found out. Tony is arrested for tax evasion, and faces up to three years in prison. Soon, Elvira becomes tired of the lifestyle, and leaves Tony after a fight at a restaurant.

Alejandro, not wanting to lose his major distributor, calls Tony and asks him for help to put a hit out on an anti-Bolivian Government activist (who went on a television talk show and mentioned Alejandro, his henchmen, and their drug dealing). In exchange, Alejandro will make impossible Tony’s imprisonment with his White House contacts. Tony and Alberto, Alejandro’s best henchman, travel to New York looking for the activist. Tony orders Alberto not to set off the bomb underneath the activist’s car once he finds out his wife and children are in the car as well. When Alberto doesn’t listen, Tony grows angry and shoots him in the head. He returns to Florida to find his mother upset over Gina’s new attitude (whom she believes Tony corrupted) and Alejandro threatening to kill Tony for not going through with the plan. Tony goes to find Gina at an unknown mansion, and sees her and Manny together in nightrobes. Realizing Manny has slept with his sister, he shoots and kills Manny in a cocaine-fueled rage (which he later regrets), and highly upsets Gina (who reveals they just married and were going to surprise Tony). Tony and his underlings take Gina back to his mansion. Meanwhile, Alejandro Sosa’s numerous henchmen are surrounding his mansion, with plans to kill him, when he is arguing with his sister, who is shooting at him with a pistol. They take out everyone else in the mansion one by one, until Tony is left to fight them off. He emerges from his room with an M16 assault rifle and grenade launcher, and begins shooting wildly at the men, managing to kill many of them and survive. He believes he is victorious (as he is taking bullet after bullet from Sosa’s men, yelling at them that he can take their bullets), until Sosa’s lead assassin slowly walks up behind Tony and shoots him in the back with a shotgun. Tony plunges off the second floor, over the balcony, and into the small pool in his living room. He lies dead as a statue ironically stands above him reading “The World Is Yours”.

REVIEW:

After sitting through all 3 hours of this thing, I had one thing to say…what’s the big deal? I mean,  cinematically, it’s a good film. No question as to why it’s considered one of the top 100, but I just don’t see what all the hype is about? I’ve seen better drug dealer type movies, most more entertaining (and shorter).

There were some good scenes, and the plot is good, but I just can’t believe any of the cast is Cuban (or the other Latin American decent they are supposed to be portraying). At one time Al Pacino, sounds like he’s fighting going into an Italian accent.

Speaking of Italian, I know this is a remake of a 1932 movie. I don’t know much about it, but I assume it centers around Maffia type mobsters. When they decided to remake it, I don’t think they changed the names, which is why many of the characters have Italian names. I could be wrong, though.

There is this one scene that had me cracking up, though. As Al Pacino is introducing himself to Michelle Pfeiffer while they’re dancing she says she’s from Baltimore. The irony is, in Hairspray she’s the former Miss Baltimore Crabs…lol

No, I didn’t hate this movie. However, I won’t be rushing to watch it again. The highlight is definitely the last scenes, other than that, you have t be into this kind of movie to really enjoy it. Personally, I think you’d do better watching Blow or even the drug dealer scene in Bedazzled.

3 out of 5 stars