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Beyond the City Limits (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Crime  |  5 May 2002 (Sweden)
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Three women outsmart unsavory men who try to cheat them out of their take in an almost-botched casino heist.

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The Russians smalltime crooks Sergei Akotia and Yuri plan to hold up two million dollars from a casino with the inside information of the security guard Troy and the support of two dirty cops. When the two cops are killed, they decide to call off the heist and they kick out their girlfriends Misha and Lexi. Misha and Lexi meet an old friend of Misha, Helena Toretti, who is in a divorce process with the bored and upset detective Jack. The trio plots revenge against the guys and decide to rob the casino with Troy. But the plan turns upside-down with unpredictable events. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Three friends. Two million dollars. One opportunity. See more »

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Misha: A little dehydrated, are we?
Lexi: Just a little bit.
Helena Toretti: Why are you doing this shit?
Lexi: It makes me feel good, stupid.
Misha: So the guys are fucked, we're being fucked and you to throw in a heroin-addict into it all?
Lexi: You're overreacting a bit. I don't have a habit!
Misha: Oh, no? Right. Could you delude yourself a little bit more? You've been clean for six months!
Lexi: You know, I'm so glad I came here.
Misha: For six months you were clean!
Lexi: This is so fun.
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Terrible Direction, Messy Screenplay, Awful Conclusion
29 September 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The Russians smalltime crooks Sergei Akotia (Brian McCardie) and Yuri (Alexis Denisof) plan to hold up two million dollars from a casino with the inside information of the security guard Troy (Steve Harris) and the support of two dirty cops. When the two cops are killed, they decide to call off the heist and they kick out their girlfriends Misha (Nastassja Kinski) and Lexi (Alison Hannigan). Misha and Lexi meet an old friend of Misha, Helena Toretti (Jennifer Esposito), who is in a divorce process with the bored and upset detective Jack (Todd Field). The trio plots revenge against the guys and decide to rob the casino with Troy. But the plan turns upside-down with unpredictable events.

When I saw the names of Alison Hannigan (from Buffy), Alexis Denisof (from Angel) and the gorgeous Nastassja Kinski and Jennifer Esposito in the cast of this movie, I decided to ignore the bad reviews and IMDb Rating and watch it. Unfortunately, the reviews are right and this movie is really bad, with a messy screenplay and awful conclusion. The story is very confused, with a terrible direction that is not able to make a funny, or dramatic, or violent movie. There are some ridiculous parts, like for example when the two "Russians" argue in English with a weird accent. If they are Russians, wouldn't they speak in their native language while alone? The character of Alison Hannigan, Lexi, is awfully developed and never clear of her objectives and feelings. Brian McCardie looks like a cartoon with his character (or caricature?). I tried to find good and positive points in this movie, but with such unpleasant end with the fate of Misha it is impossible to like it. I have never read anything about this director, Gigi Gaston, but he was able to waste a good cast and I had a really bad experience watching this confused flick. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Além dos Limites" ("Beyond the Limits")


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