Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Big Bounce (2004)

Synopsis: Loveable goofball breaks into homes and lives rent-free on Hawaiian beachfront property. Oh my God, it’s basically Magnum PI without Higgins or the Ferrari! 

Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “Life’s a beach for Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson). The surfing slacker and petty thief is playing the angles on Oahu’s North Shore when along comes the curves: a willowy beauty (Sara Foster) with a simple plan that says she can net her and Jack a bundle.”  

What Did I Learn?: 1) God is just an imaginary friend for grown ups. 2) 200 Grand is a lot different from a tv set.

Really?: Wow... Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Gary Sinise and Vinnie Jones don’t really have much to do in this movie, do they? And why is Freeman's image more prominent on the DVD jacket than Wilson's?

Rating: Based on an Elmore Leonard novel, The Big Bounce is essentially a remake of a similar film from the early 1970s. While the remake received some rather negative reviews a decade ago, it isn’t a bad movie – just a little unfocused, and very slow-moving. Moreover, Owen Wilson seems a little too easy-going and gregarious to be a serious criminal. 6.5/10 stars.

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