Dirty Little Trick (2011)
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I like the nice B movie plot, but the script tried to get a little Christopher Nolan on us. Trust Nolan to pull off time disjunction and such. This flick had way too many forward / backward time movements. And fading in and out all the time slowed the pacing to a crawl. Director should have tried innovative cutting, such as time cuts, object cuts, character cuts or content cuts to pass or change time.
Outside of the movie being too Nolanish for no apparent reason...who doesn't like a dual personality chick jerking several guys around on a string for her own gain. One hot, one plain Jane. You pick the one you hook up with, take out for a drink(s) and then back to your place or motel room. And of course and evening with Madsen,Burson,Jones, is entertaining. Burson could have befitted with more stylish wardrobe changes, tho.
I liked Joe Jones as the Irish mob guy. Kinda reminded me of Danny Greene and Kill the Irishman. (a movie I liked a lot, btw).
The plot is a little involved, but basically a dual personality chick, rips off a blonde hair fey bank guy, an ordinary lame Joe, and a mobster for a couple of hundred grand. The guys go after her to try and retrieve the money and maybe some retribution.
Dirty Little Trick was way to videoey, and sound had a video tinny quality. One of several problems in trying to make a real movie was, "let's shoot it on video, because it's cheap" mentality. Plus it had the sanitized Canadian movie feel in the staging of some scenes.
But when your stuck home with a 15" snow storm, like we just had here this evening of 12/26/12 in Indiana, it is not a bad flick and a fair B movie to watch. The special features section was worthless as the video makers probably did that in an hour.
Several weak scenes, but several strong ones averaged out to a evening better than the horrible cable alternatives, like Storage Wars, Kardashians, the commercial ridden AMC, SyFy ridiculous Ghost series, and the FX movie channel.
I was unexpectedly surprised.
The action and acting was fun and interesting and I enjoyed the whole experience.
If I had to criticize anything, it would be the directing. Otherwise, as a low budget movie, it really captured my attention.
I hope this movie makes it to video.
Dean Cain wasn't exactly at his peak, but he did a fairly good job.
Michael Madsen was his usual obnoxious self, but he managed to get through the movie without saying the f word 14 times.
As always, Madsen was fun!
The main story and all its character's back stories sucked....Everything in this film felt rushed.....And left very little to the imagination....
On the other hand....The way the film was Edited was absolutely brilliant....Several different characters with their own back stories....All connected in some form or another to a mysterious young girl.....
The Editor really did a wonderful job putting this film together....It was like watching someone solve a Rubix-Cube before my very eyes....
This is the most well edited piece of crap I have ever seen....And that's all there is too it....
It was directed well and Burson was PHENOMENAL. I don't see what all the hateful comments are complaining about. The movie was a real mystery that kept me and my wife on our toes the entire movie.
What wasn't to love? Cain was his best that I've ever seen, and Madsen's act was very believable. It would be lovely to see a sequel from this movie.
It is really rare to find an independent film this good, and next Sunday my buddy is coming over to see what the hype is about. Nice, a solid 9.5/10.
Maybe I'm slow, but it took a while for me to realise that there were time shifts and, when I did, all the goof reports I was thinking of making suddenly weren't goofs at all. I think a big problem these days is that we are constantly bombarded with huge-budget movies by true- genius directors starring truly gifted actors so that anything that falls short of that gets criticised. But when you think about it, that criticism is sometimes a bit unfair. How may block-buster movies a year are released on average? Certainly not enough to entertain keen movie- goers sufficiently which means that in between the block-busters, we have the choice of watching TV soaps or a B-grade movie - and I know which I prefer (so long as it isn't C-grade!).
Having said all that, Dirty Little Trick could surely be criticised for numerous things if you are into criticism. But why should I get picky when I know what I'm getting anyway? So I won't. I doubt I need to actually because keen movie-watchers will not need me to tell them all the shortcomings. Instead, why don't we look for what's good? And what's the most important aspect of any movie? Surely it's the story. And the story of Dirty Little Trick isn't bad.
However, if you're one of those pain-in-the-butt perfectionists who spends most your time looking for continuity errors and less-than-star- quality-acting, don't watch this movie unless of course, you derive some sort of masochistic pleasure from looking for faults. But, if you are happy to spend an-hour-and-a-half being mildly entertained, then watch it.