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Ball of Wax (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 6 March 2003 (USA)
An evil baseball player turns the game into a blood sport by pitting his teammates against one another in violent competitions.

Director:

Daniel Kraus

Writer:

Daniel Kraus
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Mench Mark Mench ... Bret Packard
Justin Matthew Smith Justin Matthew Smith ... Tod Ellis (as Justin Smith)
Thunderbird Dinwiddie ... Nat Packard (as Traci Dinwiddie)
Cullen Moss ... Ricky Sparks
Daniel Morris Daniel Morris ... Jimmy Ingels
Kevin Scanlon ... Sal Reilly
Larry Tobias ... Bob Tower
Jason Davis ... Dickie Gold
Stephanie Wallace ... Becky
Elizabeth Roberts ... June
Tyhm Kennedy Tyhm Kennedy ... Alex Foster
Tom Huff Tom Huff ... Jacob Moss
William Flaman ... Francis Filmore
Rob Piper Rob Piper ... Jed Pierson
Griffin Lyle Griffin Lyle ... Andy Packard
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Bret Packard is the best baseball player in the world. Bret Packard is rich, famous, good-looking, and set to win his fourth championship ring. But Bret Packard is bored. That all changes when a teammate is mysteriously stabbed during a ball field brawl. Using this violence as a springboard, Bret begins a new game, a game where only he knows the rules. Using his powers of persuasion, Bret pits teammate against teammate by promising everyone the one thing that they want the most, whether it be power, respect, or cold hard cash. Soon, the entire team is self-destructing, and Bret couldn't be happier. But with their lives and careers on the brink of devastation, Bret's teammates and family realize that they have to take baseball - and life - back from Bret Packard, once and for all. Written by Anonymous

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It's time to level the playing field. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Go Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Ugly drama about narcissism at its worst and baseball is just an afterthought.
18 October 2010 | by BurntoutSee all my reviews

A baseball movie about a sociopath....but it can't be both at the same time, so which path does it take? It takes the sociopath path which is not a bad path to take in movies...but it's not a very strong path to take when you're limited with your budget (it's a B-movie, period) and you decide to take only 90 minutes of viewing pleasures for your audience. Sociopaths are very complex creatures that none of us (even the best of psychologists and psychiatrists) can figure out completely. The main character is played with a convincing menace and laissez-faire attitude by Mark Mench that you can't help but be drawn in to his struggle to bring everyone else around him down to his level of pure hatred and narcissism. Too bad it's full of dialog that is unreal and too theatrical. Too bad that it does not concentrate moreso on the baseball aspect than the staged settings. Too bad it just doesn't work overall. It's a very dark and brooding film about a very disturbed individual who is determined to bring everyone else around him (including a fictional baseball team of which he is one of the best baseball players of all time) down to a level that is beyond the seven levels of hell imagined by Dante. It's an okay movie, but the ending especially ruined it with its liaise-faire attitude of "fuck the viewer, I'm tired and I'm just gonna end this movie with a cliché ending that ties into a previous moment halfway through this movie...yeah it's supposed to be significant, but only on a superficial level." And for that attitude and ending that the director, Daniel Kraus, gives to us...well, I have to give to you a big "fuck you." Look elsewhere for any type of baseball or sociopath movie, unless you're bored and completely full of narcissism of the deepest levels. So much promise, too much self-pleasure by Kraus.


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