The Big Bounce (9/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
Jack Ryan (Owen
Wilson) is a small time thief in Hawaii. He meets Walter Crews (Morgan
Freeman), a judge, when heís being sentenced for cold-cocking his boss
with a baseball bat. Walter strikes up a friendship with Jack and hires
him to work at his hotel. Then Jack sees Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster) who
works for Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise) whoís got a lot of money and
isnít a very nice man. Jack and Nancy hook up and Nancy wants him to
help her steal some of Rayís money. From there it gets complicated.
Hawaiian cinematography (Jeffrey L. Kimball), a clever script (Sebastian
Gutierrez), The Big Bounce is expertly directed by George
Armitage with style and pace. For me, the watch test didnít work because I kept looking
at my watch during the 1:48 running time and hoping it wouldnít end.
seen Owen Wilson in some of the worst movies of my life (I Spy as
just one example) so it was a treat to see him with material that
shows him at his best. Here heís a charming, easy-going thief who gets
involved with people he doesnít know and in something that just
doesnít seem right. There are some good lines, Wilsonís charming,
Freemanís smooth, Fosterís beautiful, Sinise is nasty (but isnít
seen much), the sceneryís magnificent, and whatís Charlie Sheen (Bob
Rogers, Jr.) doing here?
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January 30, 2004