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The Doorman (1999)

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An ex-soldier gets a job as a bouncer at an L.A. club.


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An ex-soldier gets a job as a bouncer at an L.A. club.

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Good idea but looks like a student film
25 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I bought this movie for 50 pence so I didn't have huge expectations. The theme is of interest as I have some knowledge of club doors and the premise of an ex-soldier going to work on a an L.A. door is a good idea that could potentially offer an insight into a gritty underworld.

The acting is not terrible but is in truth fairly amateur however it's hard to gauge the quality because the production values ARE terrible.

The lighting is awful and the shots are so dimly lit that it almost seems black and white and you sometimes can't see the characters properly. The sound is awful and in one of the early key scenes where the lead character is being introduced to his employers at the club where most of the action takes place, the dialogue is drowned out by background traffic. Background noise is a problem throughout this movie and you have to strain your ears to hear what is being said. This may explain the fact why this movie is ridiculously over-scored. It's not that the music is bad. It's just that there is background music played almost every other scene and it doesn't compliment the actors' dialogue but drowns out and/or detracts from what they're saying.

Also there's not much in the way of reality here. I've never once seen a bouncer do a spinning karate kick on a punter however they seem to be here in abundance.

In summary this would get bad marks if it was a student film and how it got released and made it as far as the UK is beyond me. The premise does offer potential for a good movie and if this film was re-made with a decent cast, professional production values and some re-works to the script with consultation from a real doorman to provide some realism to the fight scenes, there would be a good movie here, so the makers of the film should consider re-pitching the idea in my opinion.

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