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This is a weird movie. It starts of as a gangster movie with drugs,
naked girls and suits that you get arrested for just by wearing them.
The movie is split up into two different movies, the first a gangster/love/action/pulp-fiction-story and the second part a horror/psycho/thriller type of story. It sounds good on paper, and the director and editor are both doing their best to keep the two stories together. To bad it's not working, the stories are to different and it really feels like if someone took two movies and created a mix-tape from them.
The action is average and Wesley Snipes is doing his thing, but not more then you could expect from a B-type actor. Some of the other cast members are doing a real good job and this only makes Snipes look more like a poster name then a real actor in this case.
The biggest problem I had with this movie is that the psycho/killer part appealed more to me then the main gangesterstory. Every time the story shifted to the Thriller part I woke up from the "almost-sleeping-state" the gangster part put me in.
To sum it all up: OK movie the fact that it's very different from Wesley Snipes' other work, and that the writing is above average makes it interesting to watch.
HARD LUCK with Wesley Snipes, Mario Van Peebbles and Cybill Shepherd. Not bad but I think its a little late coming. It feels like it should have been released at least six to seven years ago. It is part of the post-Pulp Fiction style of movies of the last 12 years. It has that Tarantino, DePalma, David Lynch feel to it at times that I think Van Peebles(and Snipes I would imagine)wanted to try and capture. Its a very good attempt. Because its another straight-to-video flick it won't likely make any best of list or even honorable mention but I thought it was worth checking out. One goes in thinking its another straight forward action-thriller and you realize that it is an absurdist black comedy. An African-American take on Joe Orton or Harold Pinter. Not all the writing is at that level but definitely the atmosphere is. Very different kind of role for Ms. Shepherd. I don't want to spoil anything so you'll might be curious enough to see it. She made my eyebrows rise a few times. I felt it could have been better edited with a higher grade cinematographer. It just didn't have enough polish to give it a higher rating. I sensed that Mr. Snipes might have been a little nervous working on this kind of material that didn't position him in an familiar and easy to accept context. Its his way of acknowledging that TIME catches up to all of us. No matter how willful, handsome, charismatic or gifted we may be. Up to now Wesley has played easy to read heroes or villains and this guy was more of an Everyman. Not that he hasn't done regular guys in the past like WATERDANCE, ONE NIGHT STAND and DOWN IN THE DELTA. This character was an echo from his earlier work in NEW JACK CITY and SUGAR HILL but with far more apprehension and less cockiness.
Hard Luck is a dark comedy about a pair of serial killers that meet up with a dancer and a guy named lucky who fell into some money. Lucky tries to get the money and skip town with mobsters hot on his trail and picks up a dancer who gets in the way more than once. When Lucky meets up with the serial killers, he almost buys the farm. Pretty good action and dialog that is helped by good actors. Lots of purple comes through and livens up the action. Not meant to be an intellectual film, it has its moments. I think I liked Snipes better in US Marshals type movies. Van Peebles has made a movie that really relied on Snipes to create the draw. What are friends for anyway . If you like action, some sick serial killers, and some T&A you'll like this movie.
Faded/fading stars, newbies just out of school, a plot which makes little sense, clichés tired and banal, dialogue which adds insult to injury, performances which range from good jokes to bad, to just tired as well. You hope everyone was stoned and having fun enough to actually laugh at the mess they're making which at least aspires on occasion to camp, however hard it falls on its face. Dreck, grade D product with grade B- production values. Only the dregs of basic cable could pass this off as a way to kill a couple of late-night hours, which might work as you also do your toenails (and/or beat weed), listen to music, and chat online.
This Mario Van Peebles and Larry Brand penned movie is a unique blend
of two genre films, the "gangsta" and "psycho-on-the-loose."
There is also a wink that the director (Peebles) takes at the old 'screwball comedies' where a couple usually gets involved in a situation that neither wanted to be in from the beginning. And of course part of that scenario has a 'Bonnie and Clyde' overtone as the couple (Snipes and Jackie Quinones) try and stay one step ahead of both the law and gangsters that were 'short changed' by Snipes in the beginning of the film.
There is a little bit of 'political statement' at the very beginning of the movie that doesn't take away from the crux of 'Hard Luck.' For some reason Peebles wanted a 'current event' added to a film that did not warrant it. Over time the scene in question will only date the film.
Not wanting to spoil it for anybody, but lets just say Peebles has assembled a great cast -- some known faces and some relatively new ones -- and puts them to good use. While the material is sort of a 'walk in the park' for Snipes, you will be surprised by some of Peebles' unique choices at casting. Hint: be prepared to see Cybil Shepard in a new light! ;-D
Look what happened to me on the same week. In one day I watched "New
Jack City" who happens to be directed by Mario Van Peebles and it also
happens to be a great movie about the dangers of the criminality in the
New York of the 1980's and 1990's. A few days later I had the chance to
watch this one "Hard Luck" also directed by Peebles and with Wesley
Snipes in the cast. Result: this movie has nothing good to show except
that are some twisted minds wandering around in the world.
Wesley Snipes plays Lucky an bad luck ex-convict who crosses countless and weird situations after some obscure negotiation involving an old friend (Noah Fleiss), some corrupt police officers and a gun dealer. While trying to get away of a shootout he kidnapped a beautiful dancer (Jacquelyn Quinones), stole the money of the negotiation and run away from the police. On the road he's gonna meet a psychotic couple (played by Cybil Shepherd and James Liao) and some other strange people in a mosaic and boring film.
The action scenes are annoying, weak and there's nothing special about it and Snipes was wasted in that department but in the dramatic scenes he is better than some of the supporting actors. The story presents too many characters and situations trying to be a action flick mixed with some mosaic film such as "Magnolia" where everybody and everyone is connected although we don't know how and when. About the psychotic couple...well they are presented in the beginning of the movie and you keep trying to understand what they're doing all the time, torturing people they find on the streets and you keep thinking what's the connection between them and Snipes? Only in the end you're gonna find out!
I'm truly disappointed with this film because it had some potential, it had a social denounce in the beginning (Snipes character survived the Hurricane Katrina) and the movie totally forgot that and moved to an ordinary and crappy action movie. I miss the great director of "Panther" and "New Jack City" who knew how to work with explosive themes and some good action scenes in the middle. A good cast was wasted (except Luis Guzman who was real funny in his only scene), money was wasted and my time was wasted. 3/10
Wesley Snipes stars as a con-man gone legit (You know the type) who is
involved in one more deal, done as a favor to a friend, however that
deal goes awry and Snipes ends up with the money and then runs into
backwoods serial killers led by Cybil Shepherd. I must admit I give
Hard Luck points for trying, this movie is so chaotic, haphazard and so
over the map that it becomes enjoyable on a surreal level. The fact
that I expected a typical ' Former thief ends up with cash finds
himself running from the mobsters who set him up' style movie but in
the hands of Mario Van Peebles, so much is thrown at the wall and the
completely different plot lines are thrown together with so much
disregard toward the main plot that Hard Luck become inadvertently
entertaining. Also helping factors is that this wasn't made in Romania
and Snipes seems more into things. As does Shepherd who delivers a
credible performance as the former model turned serial killer. Sure the
main story is underwritten and Van Peebles doesn't make a fully
coherent story out of the scenarios he intersects, but make of this
what you will, Hard Luck is the best film from Wesley Snipes since
* * out of 4-(Fair)
Continuity, was a bit lacking, as the movie opens the obligatory car
chase is going on, and our hero is being chastised, by the love
interest, in English, yet later in the film as this scene is expanded
he is being screamed at in Spanish!
I was left feeling that the story could have done more with the "Serial Killer" duo, I liked the humor of the Diner scene when a Halloween costumed kid comes up and says "Yahhh! I'm a Serial Killer!" & Cybill Shepherd comes back with "Well, I'm a Serial Killer, too!!!" All the cops and robbers, and bad boy trying to go straight has been done to death, and as for getting a pole dancer to strip, so that she "won't run into the street, naked"... Really!!! There are interesting characters like the Gay XXX movie producer "Latinos are the NEW Exotic" Cass the Serial Killer "Imagine the worst thing that can happen to you, and I will show you how limited your imagination really is". Could have been a 'good' movie...
Well, I certainly think people look into this movie way too much. I
watch all kinds of movies regularly, and this was a great movie. The
chemistry between the main characters was really nice. The story line
was quite good also. The only part I didn't like is when it cut to the
serial killers. They had some bad vibes going on.
Jackie Quinones was very sexy, and Wesley Snipes was super cool. Luis Guzman made a surprise appearance and he really does just seem to be in every movie I watch. Great stuff going on there. There's some good action scenes etc. Overall, definitely worth the watch and 9 out of 10 stars for me.
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It was hard not to think about Pulp Fiction when watching this movie.
Starring Wesley Snipes, you expect a straightforward action/crime
drama. Well, they tried to throw a little twist in with some deranged
torture sequences as an overlapping subplot.
I wasn't really interested in Snipes' character, even though it felt like they tried to make him something different than the typical action protagonist. Basically, he is trying to leave behind a life of crime, but ends up going on the run with some money that belonged to some shady cops. Now he is on the road with a young stripper, and they are forced to learn to trust each other to survive. Eventually, while trying to lay low, they end up neighbors with the eccentric couple who have been kidnapping, torturing, and videotaping people, although it's never really said what they do it for.
Actually, not knowing what the motivation was behind the kidnappings worked well, because we were shown just enough to imagine what these people are really up to, and it seemed to offer several possibilities. However, we get such a pedestrian ending, it never really matters. It just felt they were trying to spice up a routine story with some shocking twists, but it didn't work for me. Only slightly entertaining, and one I won't watch again.
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