Thursday, January 19, 2012

Albino Alligator (1996)

Synopsis: Lowlife louts loiter, lockup local liquor lounge.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “An intense, all-star action-thriller, Albino Aligator is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey [1995 Best Supporting Actor – The Usual Suspects]. Matt Dillon [Beautiful Girls] and Gary Sinise [Forrest Gump] play brothers Dova and Milo...a couple of small-time crooks suddenly in way over their heads! When a holdup goes terribly wrong, the robbers flee to a local bar, desperately taking everyone inside hostage!”

What Did I Learn?: If a member of your gang feels the need to qualify the sentence “I promise not to kill any hostages” with “unless I have to”, you probably want to keep an eye on him.

Really?: Is it really a good idea to own a basement bar in New Orleans?

Rating: I’m not a huge fan of hostage-taking thrillers because you know they’re probably going to end badly, but Albino Alligator isn’t a bad film. It’s a study of people under pressure, and changing group dynamics as the situation becomes more complicated. 7/10 stars.

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