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First of all, this movie is not to be taken seriously. A plot about a heist that has been done before -- especially with Pierce Brosnan as a likable, stylish, master-thief protagonist (think the Thomas Crown Affair). This is done in a much more comic, lighthearted style that "TCA" was. Contained a plot twist that I admit I did not see coming. The reason that it was rated well, but not outstandingly was because the genre of movie has been done before. The details and obstacles of the heist have changed, but follows a format of these types of movies seen again and again: The Thomas Crown Affair, Ocean's Eleven, the Italian Job, Gone in 60 Seconds, etc. This movie was quite entertaining and worth watching as all of those previously mentioned were, just without much in terms of creatively straying from the formula. I think that the casting worked, too. Woody Harrelson and Pierce Brosnan were excellently cast in this protagonist/antagonist relationship.
Not so much a heist movie as a comedy about an FBI agent (Harrelson)
tracking a diamond thief (Brosnan) and his partner in crime and life
Fantastic settings and a lot of shenanigans made this very easy viewing.
We loved the opening scenes, and honestly this is one just to relax and envy the lifestyle to.
The emphasis is strongly on fun, without too much silliness, and if you take it at that level it is a pretty good film.
Definitely worth the rental; we really enjoyed it.
You could find worse ways to waste two hours. Brosnan is in fine form,
damn, he's like Sean Connery, the older he gets, the better he looks.
Harrelson does a nice comic turn as the FBI agent, and its true, the
chemistry between Brosnan and Harrelson is better than Brosnan and
Selma. Now that would've made an interesting movie!
As for the plot...ahem. Okay, so its supposed to be a caper movie, but in reality, it's just Selma in sexy lingerie and that gorgeous beach background. Other than stand around and look sultry, Selma doesn't have all that much to do. Oh, I almost forgot, Don Cheadle is also around for quick payday as the baddie, but he earns his dough.
The ending is as predictable as ham on rye, but hey, when you've got Pierce looking that good with a week old beard...who cares?
I have to say, this movie was pretty darn good. It proves that Pierce
Brosnan still has it in him. Congratulations! After the Sunset has some
good actors in it, all of whom played their roles satisfyingly. Pierce
Brosnan, Woody Harrelson, Salma Hayek, and Naomi Harris all did
fantastically. Ohh, I almost forgot, Don Cheadle is in it as well. He
always does great.
Along with being a crime type movie, it was also pretty funny. It had a few good crack-up lines, mostly from Woody Harrelson, but, maybe one or two from Brosnan. I laughed a fair amount.
One problem is some of the things that happen. Now, I'm not going to name off anything that happens, but a few events seemed a little bit far-fetched to me. But hey, thats just me.
In conclusion, After the Sunset is a fun action/crime/drama/comedy that is loads of fun. See it for yourself.
A nice, amusing & reasonably well acted and written film.
Humorous and pacey with a few simple to spot twists (if your paying attention). A good film, well worth watching but not too demanding. Perfect for a relaxed afternoon with a cold one or a low effort evenings viewing! Pierce Brosnan & Woody Harleson work very well together an unlikely double act! The film is set in Nassau, and the beautiful scenes around the beach and hotels are fantastic. I'm now planning how I can get there myself and get a tan on the fantastic beaches which are heavily featured in the film.
I enjoyed it very much!
"After the Sunset" is a moderately entertaining cat-and-mouse caper
film whose lighthearted tone, spirited performances and witty
screenplay compensate for a less-than-sterling plot line.
Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek play two impossibly beautiful thieves who have decided to quit the business and retire to a gorgeous tropical paradise in the Caribbean. However, it isn't quite that simple. For one thing, temptation is an awfully hard thing to overcome, especially when you're as good at what you do as these two individuals clearly are. Plus, the past always seems to be catching up to them, most specifically in the form of Woody Harrelson, as the Javert-like FBI agent who has spent his entire career being outsmarted and outwitted by the couple and feels this just might be his opportunity for some well deserved payback time. Thus, he heads to the island to make sure they don't steal a priceless diamond (that once belonged to Napoleon) that is being exhibited in the area. The tricky thing is that the chaser and the chased, the law enforcer and the lawbreaker may have more in common than any of them could have imagined before.
Brosnan, Hayek, Harrison, Don Cheadle and Naomie Harris have all tackled far more challenging roles than the ones they've been assigned here, but they all seem to be having a very fun time on this sun-soaked Caribbean holiday. The resolution of the plot is both muddled and anticlimactic, but it's the interplay among the performers that is the selling point here. And there is one truly hilarious scene involving Brosnan and Harrison in bed together that will have you rolling on the floor in hysterics.
What is it with Pierce Brosnan. His last two films ("Laws of Attraction" and now this) have been watered down) to almost terminal "cuteness." Watch the deleted scenes with this one. See how much more menacing Don Cheadle is and how much more suspense could have been created had this film arrived with the scenes. To its credit, "After the Sunset" is a fun movie. Good performances all around (particularly Naomie Harris as the beautiful, spunky Caribbean cop), clever writing, gorgeous scenery (especially the beauteous Salma), humor. However, the dumb, cutesy ending trivializes the previous two hours of adventure. Still, "After the Sunset" is worth a weak "7". Two bad. With the edgier scenes and original ending, it could have been an "8" or "9".
This was your average heist film except the twists weren't as
complicated as some. This one involves 2 jewel thieves, Bronsan and
Hayek, who are also a couple. We have their retirement heist at the
beginning of the film. Once again, they get the better of the FBI
agent, Harralson, whose been tracking them. The two move to a
Carabbiean island to live in bliss. Then one day, Harrelson shows up
saying he knows Bronson will try to steal this famous diamond that will
be on a ship at the port for a week on display. Bronson is picked up by
a local gangster who wants him to steal it for him. Then let the caper
One thing that differentiates this heist film from some of the others is the humor. It has funny parts, like when Bronson pays for Harrelson to stay in the bridge suite and joins him one night after being kicked out. Harrelson has his own girl problems with a local detective.
FINAL VERDICT: Fun, if you like heist films, then watch it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
OK so after Max lifts the diamond he is frantically shimmying his way
backwards in the AC duct. Just before he disappears one of the crew
members pops his head into the duct and gets of a couple of shots at
him. At this point Max is not wearing his mask and the crewman can
clearly see his face? So why wasn't Max arrested?
Extra features on DV very entertaining, especially 'the making of'. Sort of a mini Bret Ratner bio- documentary. He looks like a great director to work with. Woody H is one weird-funny-brilliant guy. Selma & Pierce have excellent chemistry- I'm glad that they weren't paired in a Bond flick, Pierce opens up more as Max. Would love to see a sequel.
It was a given that director Brett Ratner (soon to be directing the
upcoming X- Men 3) knew how to take an action film and make it fun -
having directed both Rush Hour films is proof enough of that. And the
tone maintained throughout After the Sunset is indeed, fun. None of the
cast and crew take After the Sunset too seriously, which helps maintain
the light, relaxed mood. Indeed, Ratner has a flair for giving the
audience all the eye candy they want - Salma Hayek spends most of the
film clad in tiny bikinis or very minimal clothing, and Pierce Brosnan
and Woody Harrelson have their shirts off at every possible occasion.
Sensibly, Ratner seems to realize that the easiest path to audience enjoyment is not to break formula, (the often used "Retired thief is lured into one last heist" storyline) and as a result, After the Sunset comes off as enjoyable but very predictable and not too profound by any stretch of the imagination - the perfect James Bond style thriller. In fact, it's highly likely that Pierce Brosnan's involvement is a discrete middle finger to the producers of the Bond franchise for allegedly ejecting him from the role of 007 due to his age. Several parallels can be drawn between Brosnan's character and Brosnan himself: his character, Max Burdett, is a retired professional thief who can't seem to settle down and forget his past occupation. He realizes that he should be content with what he has, but isn't willing to give up what he once had, and risks everything to keep it. Then again, perhaps Brosnan just hasn't tired of being typecast yet.
The rest of the cast give decent performances, indeed, it seems like they are all having lots of fun. (as Salma Hayek said in an interview, "I get paid to lie around on a beach all day kissing Pierce Brosnan. Not a bad gig!") She, however, seems content to coast along in her bikinis and doesn't really invest much energy into her performance. (the marital trouble between her character Lola and Brosnan's Max Burdett is laughable, it seems so labored) Woody Harrelson is miscast in the role of the FBI agent with low self esteem, trying to catch Burdett, the man who made him look like a fool so frequently, in the act of theft. Harrelson is meant to be the comic relief, but he comes off as simply irritating, and woefully unfunny. Indeed, Don Cheadle is the only one who seems to take his character seriously enough to give a decent performance, throwing in lots of eccentricities and quirkiness to keep the audience that much more interested. It's clear he's put lots of thought into his character - if only that could be said for the rest of the cast... (also look for a quick cameo from Edward Norton at the Basketball game in the beginning)
So originality is out, but After the Sunset is enough fun to watch that you don't end up caring. It may not challenge your intellect, but it will, for certain, entertain you, if nothing else. And what else can we expect, really, from a movie like this?
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