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Masterminds (2016)

So I know I promised you guys in the weekly update that I would be reviewing Get Out, but due to circumstances (a small but contained clown rebellion) I was unable to attend that screening. So instead my mom let me borrow a red box movie I had never even heard about. Seriously, their marketing budget must have been about $12 bucks and they must have used it all to buy jelly beans because I have never heard a single word uttered about this film. It came out in September of last year so we all must’ve been distracted by… The Blair Witch remake… or… I don’t know… Snowden?

But I guess since I was the only one to see it, it’s up to me to review it. So here goes.

  1. Cast

So this has a bang-pow cast. Giant names in comedy like Zach Galifinakis, Jason Sudekis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. (So yes, half the cast are ghost busters but they’re talented actors I swear!) I think the problem here is just lack of material. All of these actors can riff, and boy do they riff their little butts off, but it just seems to fall flat here, most likely just because there wasn’t much to work with. Jason Sudekis and Kate McKinnon’s characters in particular just seem to be wasted in this story. McKinnon’s character seems to have no value at all besides just showing off how eccentric she is. Sudekis and Galifinakis ALWAYS manage to get a laugh out of me and even this dismal material couldn’t keep them down. But all it makes me wanna do is watch one of their much funnier movies.

2. Plot

Like I said the plot is just… disappointing. Not that it’s bad, just that it’s barely there.  Basically it centers around Galifinakis as a Security driver for Loomis Fargo & Company. It is set in 1997, right after another employee successfully robbed $18 million dollars from that same company. Owen Wilson’s character is inspired by this and uses Kristin Wig, a character that Galifinakis has a crush on, as bait to convince him to do the heist. Galifinakis successfully steals the money and flees to Mexico, where Wig has promised to meet him. Then Wilson turns Galifinakis in, Wig admits she is not coming to Mexico, and adventures ensue. Looking back on it, the main problem of this movie is that it’s not very memorable. There were some scenes with Sudekis that stand out to me but nothing other than that. The ending was pretty rushed as well. I was still waiting for the climax by the time that the resolution happened.

3. Final Verdict

This could have been a much better movie, but I don’t really think it was meant to be. This is definitely a B-Movie the studio didn’t put much effort into. They tried to compensate a lack-luster plot with over qualified actors. Instead of them shining through the darkness though, it ended up stifling their talent. I do, however, look forward to seeing ANY movie ANY of these actors are in. Hopefully it’ll be a quality picture, but let’s be honest, I’ll probably see it anyway.

3/10 Popped Corns


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