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The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  17 November 2007 (Japan)
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A DEA agent provides former Marine Tim Kearney with a way out of his prison sentence: impersonate Bobby Z, a recently deceased drug dealer, in a hostage switch with a crime lord. When the ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth
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Brian
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Kit
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Bobby Z
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Jorge Escobar
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Duke
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Boom Boom
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Monk
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Macy
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Stanley (as Raymond Barry)
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Mexican Detective
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Storyline

A DEA agent provides former Marine Tim Kearney with a way out of his prison sentence: impersonate Bobby Z, a recently deceased drug dealer, in a hostage switch with a crime lord. When the negotiations go awry, Kearney flees, with Z's son in tow. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, some drug use, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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17 November 2007 (Japan)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Initially, the film was going to be released theatrically by Warner Bros., who have a first look deal with Millennium Films, but after the film tested poorly, WB decided to pass. Sony picked it up as a direct-to-video feature. See more »

Goofs

At 17:00 -18:00 Gruzsa, is handling a flat top M16, with no scope. Several shots have a green cross hair over his target, as if he is using a scope. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jorge Escobar: [throwing down photo] This guy is perfect. His name is Tim Kearney, three-time loser from Palm Dale.
Tad Gruzsa: Definitely a resemblance. Family?
Jorge Escobar: Mom's dead, dad split.
Tad Gruzsa: Uncles, aunts, brothers, sister?
Jorge Escobar: Tim's an only child. On his own since he was 15.
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Agua De Rosas
Written by Lila Downs and Paul Cohen
Performed by Lila Downs
Published by Nara Music and Cloud People Music(BMI)
Courtesy of Narada Productions,Inc.
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Not going to the Oscars with this one
21 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A convicted felon is used as a substitute for a drug dealer by law enforcement in an attempt to trade for an undercover officer being held by a drug baron. All the clichés are there, crooked cops, clueless felon, hairy bikers, sociopath drug baron, innocent child victim, Judas friend and a bad girl seeking redemption. This one has the whole lineup.

Not particularly believable story with a plot line that does not really hang together particularly well and really lacks substance. Not a bad movie that I would ridicule people for participating in but it is definitely a straight to DVD B-Grader.

How the mighty have fallen, from the Matrix to this for Laurence Fishburne, who would have to recognize he is on the way down if he is taking on projects of this caliber.

Olivia Wilde on the other hand is stunning, although more than a little lacking in emotive range and is hopefully using this as a vehicle on the way up as she develops.

I am beginning to suspect Paul Walker only has one character in his range and I just hope he makes enough money off that before the gravy train derails.

This is worth watching but set the bar low before you start, and savor Olivia Wilde's eyes because that is about the best thing that is going to happen on screen in this piece of cinema.


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