Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rancid Aluminum (2000)

British Gangster Movie #7 (Ok, there aren’t any British gangsters in this movie – it’s more about Brits who run afoul of the Russian mob)

Synopsis: I don’t know where the aluminum fits in, but the rancid part is pretty accurate.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Pete's (RHYS IFANS) business is going bust, his sperm count is dodgy, and his relationship with Sarah (SADIE FROST) is on the rocks. He has a fling with his secretary, despite her being married to the company bike-messenger Trevor, and he's spending too much time at Harry's drug den. In short, Pete's in trouble, but his problems are only just beginning.”

What Did I Learn?: Apparently, women in the Russian mafia have mating habits akin to those of the black widow spider.

Really?: So, um.... Masha wants Pete to bang her, knowing full well he’s engaged, and that her father will kill him if they’re discovered? Come to think of it, none of this movie makes any sense....

Rating: Rancid Aluminum has a few amusing scenes (I liked the part when Pete and his buddy Trevor must quickly switch identities in the gas station), but it’s marred by a bad script that quickly falls apart. Rancid Aluminum isn’t scary or exciting enough to work as a thriller, or funny enough to work as a comedy, so I cannot recommend this movie. 4/10 stars.

Would It Work For a Bad Movie Night?: Not really.... but take a drink every time Mr. Kant (Steven Berkoff) says “beeznis”, or mumbles something about Sir Francis Drake.

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