Friday, January 23, 2015

Welcome to Collinwood (2002)

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writers: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Composer: Mark Mothersbaugh

Starring: William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Sam Rockwell, Michael Jeter, Luis Guzman, John Buck Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Andy Davoli, Brett C. Leonard, Peter Veneziano, Jennifer Esposito, George Clooney

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Five guys. One safe. No brains.

Plot: When petty thief Cosimo is given the plan for the perfect heist from a lifer in prison - the kind of job you dream about - he has to get out of jail, fast. But with Cosimo stuck in the joint, it's up to his girl Rosalind to track down a patsy. But while no one wants to do the time for Cosimo's crime, everybody seems to know a guy who will - and for a share, they're willing to track him down. Before long, Rosalind has five guys trailing behind her, looking to get their bungling hands on a piece of the action.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, this cute caper comedy has a great cast and they all do a fine job.  There aren't an awful lot of gags but the actors make the characters funny and enjoyable.  The IMDb trivia says it's a remake of the Italian film BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET (I Soliti Ignoti (1958)) which I've heard of.  I need to see it sooner than later.   The score to this one has that 20s/30s jazz vibe (like what you hear in the trailer) that stays through the film.  There were a couple of times where it felt awkward considering how serious things were getting on screen but overall it helps the film deliver an air of lightness and levity that any other score might not work.  The ending?  Well, it's different.  It's a fun picture that's loaded with great talent and it's fun to see one of the earlier pictures from the two brothers who wrote and directed the outstanding CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER (2014).  The Warner Bros.  DVD sports a nice anamorphic widescreen print with barely any extras but what's there is a 13-minute uncensored short with Sam Rockwell goofing around with the cast.  it's very funny.  The other extra is the anamorphic widescreen trailer. 

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