Directed by Beto Brant.
Written by Renato Ciasca, Beto Brant and Marçal Aquino, based on the
Starring Marco Ricca and Alexandre Borges.
Release Year: 2002
Review Date: 4/29/02
Here’s my only problem with this Brazilian
import, released in South America last year: it isn’t very good.
This is significant, because at film festivals, all of the films
should at least be pretty good, right? The plot of this
great-plan-gone-awry film is hackneyed—two construction/architecture
partners kill off a third and try to cover it up—and by starting off
with this concept, the film is pretty ordinary. Further, in the
first five minutes of the film, these two guys have already visited
and laid strippers at a whorehouse, so “bad 80s cop film” was
already in my head! Then, mid-film, the flick changes gears and
follows around a hitman named Anisio who—after killing the partner
for our two leads—tries to get a job at the construction firm and
bed the daughter of said dead partner. Oh, did I mention that a Sao
Paolo rapper gets involved? Or, that the cops in Sao Paolo are all
dirty? Although it does feature some cool cinematography, this one
is all over the map...but, not any map you would want to trust to
get you home.
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setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
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yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
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friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
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