Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka OSS 117, is the French spy considered by his superiors to be the best in the business. The year is 1967 - he's been sent on a mission to Rio de Janeiro, to ... See full summary »
The not so smart Dwayne intends to open a massage parlor with his partner Travis, but he does not have money for the investment. He decides to hire a hit-man to kill his father, The Major, who won a large amount of money in the lottery years ago, but the killer demands US$ 100,000 for the job. Dwayne and Travis kidnap the pizza delivery boy Nick and they dress Nick in a vest with a timer and several bombs. Then Dwayne tells Nick that he has ten hours to rob US$ 100,000 from a bank. Once he does, he would give Nick the code to release the vest. Nick summons his best friend Chet to help him in the heist but the scheme does not work the way Dwayne has plotted. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Nick is talking to Kate for the first time, it is mentioned that he doesn't have a Facebook account. Nick states that he is "off the grid". In fact, Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Nick, also played Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook in 2010 film The Social Network (2010). See more »
When Chet is painting the gun, smudges on the car door can be seen. In the shots where the car is stopped, the smudges are gone, also the painted paper is turned. Later in the end of the movie when the van drives next to them, the paint smudges are also not on the door. See more »
[to Mr. Fisher]
Now, listen to me... We're obviously, uh, stealing the car! And you won't report it stolen until later tonight, let's say... 5 o'clock. Or 6, to be safe!
Yeah, right! 6:15.
Don't even bother calling the cops! We own the cops!
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At the end of the credits, there is an ad for Dwayne's tanning/prostitution parlor, Major Tan. See more »
Zombieland, director Ruben Fleischer's first film, combined horror and comedy with an entertaining, but not very memorable, result. 30 Minutes or Less, his second film, combines comedy and thriller, but the result is exactly at the same level of the one from Zombieland.
30 Minutes or Less counts with a generally well written screenplay, likable characters and dialogs, and solid direction. But on the other hand, I did not find the comic component particularly funny, nor balanced with the dramatic elements in the correct proportions.
If the comic elements from 30 Minutes or Less had been deleted, the movie would have been an efficient thriller. However, the comedy changes the identity from the story pretty much, lightening its tone and occasionally sabotaging the tension we should have felt. The general effect is a curious amalgam of action and suspense, spiced with humor elements, which do not work on various moments. Nevertheless, I occasionally smiled during the movie...but not enough moments in order to consider 30 Minutes or Less a solid comedy. Let's say that this film was forced to work inside a genre it was not designed for.
Jesse Eisenberg brings a competent performance in 30 Minutes or Less as a normal man who is bound to reaction to the buffoons which surround him. The great Fred Ward is perfect in his role, and it was a pleasure to see him with the same intensity with which he amazed me 27 years ago in the underrated film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. As for Dilshad Vadsaria, she is only employed as a pretty face, and her character is not very well written.
In conclusion, I think 30 Minutes or Less is an entertaining, but not very memorable, "thrill-omedy", whose main pros are the work from the cast and Fleischer's direction, something which makes it worthy of a moderate recommendation. However, I think the screenplay could have gone further in every single sense.
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