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This is actually a very good movie. Most movies that are made for TV are always missing out on certain things that the big movies have, but not this time. The story revolves around Andy Burnett (Wahlberg) and Chris Troiano (Gedrick). Andy Burnett has just moved down to South Beach and is looking for some work, he happens upon Troiano, who is a night club owner. Andy starts out as just a bouncer, but scores some major poins with Troiano (warns him about a police raid, backs him up in a fight against some russians), so pretty soon Troiano takes Andy under his wing. I can't go any further into the plot cause it would ruin the entire movie. But let me just say, watch this film cause it is very good. Good story, good acting, a few good fight and action scenes, and great chemistry between the two main stars. I give it a 7/10, cause I would definitely watch it again.
When I heard about this movie and found out it was based on a true
story, I was curious. Because after Miami Vice, everyone likes to see
shows and movies that use Miami as a main location. So I rented this
movie expecting nothing special.
Let me say it's a decent movie. The acting is OK, although Brian Goodman didn't look comfortable in some scenes with actors who didn't get the job done. But I could still get through that. The only negative comment I have on this movie is that it felt rushed and some scenes seemed missing. But overall, I give it a 6. Nothing memorable, but definitely worth a watch.
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Donnie Wahlberg and Jason Gedrick team up again - they were both in the
excellent Boomtown - but this time it just doesn't work. Gedrick is a
night club owner in Miami who it seems is also dabbling in some money
laundering with the local Columbian underworld. Wahlberg - we are lead
to believe - looks like a small time hoodlum trying his luck away from
the cold of New York. They team up and the film tells their story.
But what is the story exactly? A lot of the film centres around the night club, drinking, smoking. Some parties and doing weights are thrown in but the whole thing doesn't make much sense. Any important events seem to happen off-screen where we - the viewer - have no idea what is going on. The thing becomes too hard to swallow and by the time the little twist (and I mean 'little') comes - we have gone beyond caring.
The writer that brought us Goodfella's did not rediscover his golden touch here. Pileggi started to dip on Casino but this is a disaster. Although he doesn't exactly have De Niro, Liotta, Scorese on tap here. And this is just a TV movie too.
On the plus side - the scenery is nice. Wahlberg tries his best. On the negative side - and there is a lot - Gedrick's character never comes through as believable, Wahlberg must have been told to be the most disgusting person in the world for his character, bad acting from many of the bit players (the Russians come to mind here), some poorly done car chases, a jumpy/chopped script, the wasting of both Bauer and Chavira and many more.
Poor effort - 4/10.
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