The Facebook Guy Robs a Bank
Nic D: What a great idea for a movie! Get a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest and make him rob a bank. Writer and new comer Michael Dilberti came up with a great script here I think. It was well put together and interesting from start to finish. The cast was excellent! Including, Jesse Eisenberg, Anziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. Throw in Director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland and Rob & Big) and you got yourself a movie.
Although 30 MOL isn’t getting any outstanding reviews, I was surprisingly pleased with the outcome once I left the theater. Went in thinking “I’ll prolly enjoy this.” Walked out thinking, “Damn, that was actually pretty damn good!” Danny McBride continues to find redneck roles that are perfect for him, multiple laugh out situations and even a Netflix plug that hit home!
Zac: I was a little bit surprised at first to see this movie only held a 68% audience score, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.
As Nic mentioned, this was the 2nd collaboration between Jesse Eisenberg and Ruben Fleischer, and unfortunately it didn’t make it over the bar set by Zombieland. Maybe I’m being overly critical (most likely), but there was just too much I didn’t really get. Was Danny McBride supposed to be nitwit that you laughed at? Or an actual bad guy that you were supposed to dislike? Same for Fred Ward. And why did they not use Nick Swardson as more than just a yes man to McBride?
The frustrating thing is that this movie had so much potential. It’s a simple premise so it’s very easy for the audience to follow, it moves right along (running time is only 84 minutes) and never drags in any parts, and it has a funny cast that works well together (especially McBride & Swardson). But much like a first round draft pick with “character issues”, it just can’t seem to put it all together.
Worth a Netflix when it comes out though (the movie equivalent of the D-League).
Nic D: Jeeze! Who pissed in your cornflakes this morning? It wasn’t THAT bad. I can hop aboard your “Shoulda used Swardson more” idea, but other than that I enjoyed myself. Zombieland!…LOVED Zombieland! (“Oh, you almost knocked over your alcohol with your knife”) 30 Minutes or Less had no chance of topping that bar, didn’t matter what they did to it…
Good movie. Worth the money considering what’s in theaters right now…plus I pitched Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (not complaining, just saying)
Zac: You asked me to give my opinion of the movie, that’s what I did.
If you’re determined to go to a movie, then yes, this one isn’t a bad choice. If you’re undecided on where to spend your $15 (yes, $15…thanks for looking out for the little guy Century City AMC) then I’d be happy to make a few other suggestions.
1) Buy a 12 pack of Kokanee beer (The REAL king of beers)
2) Subscribe to Netflix On-Demand for a month and get 30 nights of movies for the price of one
3) Burn it (just kidding…the movie wasn’t THAT bad)
Supposedly there’s a Zombieland 2 in the works, we’ll revisit this issue then.
Nic D: I might be first in line to see Zombieland 2 AND if Ruben or anyone else over there needs my help on new and creative ways to kill zombies…I’m their guy! Seriously, How GREAT was Zombieland?…awesome.
Nic D. Movie Scale: 3.9/5 (30 Minutes or Less…not Zombieland)