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A movie only an agent could love. Perhaps Kirsten Dunst's handlers convinced her this was a European art film. It's not. It's a straight-to-video genre offering that's absolutely laughable on the big screen. It's another of those movies that has been assembled entirely from the scraps of other movies. Absolutely everything here has been done not just before, but so many times before that apparently the filmmakers thought it was original. Again, it's not. Who many coincidences are required before an audience throws up their hands and walks out in disgust? How many times can someone stumble across someone they're looking for in Las Vegas? How many more movies set in a strip bar will be made before someone realizes it's been boring for at least that last 30 years? How many gun battles can you have in a Las Vegas hotel room before someone hears the gunfire and calls the cops? Here's a hint. When someone comes to your hotel room and you have a shootout, it's probably a good idea to move to another hotel, not wait for him to come back for another shootout. There are lots of hotel rooms in Las Vegas. Hopefully Kirsten's handlers were in the premiere audience and heard the snickers and catcalls. Maybe they'll start sending her real scripts and stop taking their commissions for putting her in dreck like this. Luis Guzman, on the other hand, stole the show. It might be worth a rental just for him.
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