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Band of Robbers, 2016.
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are grown men, still searching for the hidden treasure that has eluded them since childhood.
Band of Robbers is an intriguing film right off the bat. How many movies in this generation are getting made about Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, let alone movies that put a creative spin on the highly respected works of Mark Twain? The answer is probably very few, or none at all, so when a description for a movie on-demand comes up detailing a comic caper showcasing young adult versions of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer attempting to pull off some Robin Hood shenanigans, it’s hard not to resist »
- Robert Kojder
Sibling filmmakers Adam and Aaron Nee (“The Last Romantic”) offer an appealing mash-up of quirky whimsy, caper-comedy suspense and wink-wink literary allusions in “Band of Robbers,” a modern-day twist on Mark Twain that reimagines Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as grown-up rascals who never outgrew their appetite for adventure. You don’t really have to be familiar with Twain’s classic novels to enjoy this slickly produced indie as light and likable entertainment. But if you recall the source material as something far more pleasurable than high-school homework, you’re all the more likely to appreciate how cleverly Adam and Aron have played fast and loose with the mythos of Huck and Tom. Theatrical exposure may be fleeting, but extended shelf life in other platforms is a distinct possibility.
- Joe Leydon
Back in November, I had the opportunity to see Band Of Robbers. This modern take on Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer was a breath of fresh air. Wild and witty with a whole mess of inspired characters. Aaron and Adam Nee have crafted a wonderfully envigorating piece of cinema, one that also features terrific performanes from Kyle Gallner, Matthew Gray Gubler, Hannibal Buress, Melissa... Read More »
Wound tight by a killer premise, polished direction, and a tone as though Anton Chigurh sauntered into “Bottle Rocket,” Aaron and Adam Nee’s “Band of Robbers” wrings the anxieties of aging and a dampened imagination from a grown-up Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Structuring their modern tale around the Mark Twain narratives, the sibling directors find laughs, pathos, and some surprising storytelling twists, plus have a game cast to deliver it — Kyle Gallner, Stephen Lang, Hannibal Buress, Melissa Benoist, and Eric Christian Olsen. The cast is refreshing for the lack of previously known kinship among them; unlike the Judd Apatow and Paul Feig collectives who deliver and tweak their lineups, there’s something to be said for a new group of comedic and dramatic actors establishing a dynamic. In this case it’s led by Gallner, who plays the straight man Huck Finn to Adam Nee’s deadpan eccentric Tom Sawyer, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
4 items from 2016
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