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After the Sunset (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 12 November 2004 (USA)
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The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the F.B.I. Agent who promised he'd capture him, is about to do just that.

Director:

Brett Ratner

Writers:

Paul Zbyszewski (story), Paul Zbyszewski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Max Burdett
Salma Hayek ... Lola Cirillo
Woody Harrelson ... Stan Lloyd
Don Cheadle ... Henri Mooré
Naomie Harris ... Sophie
Chris Penn ... Rowdy Fan
Troy Garity ... Luc
Obba Babatundé ... Zacharias (as Obba Babatunde)
Russell Hornsby ... Jean-Paul
Mykelti Williamson ... Agent Stafford
Rex Linn ... Agent Kowalski
Robert Curtis Brown ... Lakers FBI Agent
Mark Moses ... Lakers FBI Agent
Michael Bowen ... FBI Driver
Tony Ledard Tony Ledard ... Referee
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Storyline

Having already in their possession two of the rare Napoleon Diamonds, the masterful jewel thief, Max Burdett, and his seductive partner-in-crime, Lola Cirillo, decide to retire in the sun-kissed Bahamas. However--bent on keeping the precious third and last Napoleon diamond out of Max's clutches--the maladroit FBI agent, Stan Lloyd, follows them to the tropical haven, convinced that the intrepid duo is planning the next heist: stealing the last fabulous gem being displayed on the island. But, is this truly Max and Lola's intention? Above all--after a successful and lucrative career in crime--how hard can it be to resist the temptation of one more job? Written by Nick Riganas

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Who will walk away?

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Max (Pierce Brosnan) and Lola's (Salma Hayek's) beach house was built from scratch. See more »

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When Agent Lloyd is first trapped in the Suburban and Max is reversing it into the vehicle behind it, there is raised white lettering on the tires of Lloyd's Suburban. Just minutes later, when the Suburban is getting pushed off the street by the semi, the tires have changed to plain blackwalls with no white lettering. See more »

Quotes

Ed: So, uh, what kind of business are you in, Max?
Max Burdett: I have a bunch of sweatshops in the Philippines.
Ed: Oh.
Sheila: Oh.
Max Burdett: You should see those kids make those hats.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: X-Men: First Class (2011) See more »

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B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad)
Written by André 3000, Big Boi (as Antwan Patton) and David Sheats
Performed by Outkast
Courtesy of LaFace Records / Zomba Label Group
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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Is The Tone Right?
14 November 2004 | by gcrokusSee all my reviews

Opening with a scene at a professional basketball game, we quickly find, as do observing FBI agents, that we've been had. The die is cast; 'After the Sunset' will provide a series of feints and jabs, dodges and weavings that will prove to be less edifying than some great jewel heist films of the past. But we still are treated to enough satisfying moments to say this is a pretty good film.

Max Burdett (Pierce Brosnan) and his girlfriend Lola Cirillo (Salma Hayek) are in retirement, having stepped down from the ranks of the international jewel thief set, and are enjoying the good life in the Bahamas. Woody Harrelson (as FBI agent Stan Lloyd) has appeared on the scene; he is less sure they have retired and with the arrival in port of a ship-borne display of jewels (featuring 'The Third Napoleon Diamond' in the collection) has them under close watch.

Agent Lloyd has always been thwarted in capturing Max and Lola; this is personal. How the characters play against each other (various local officials become interested and ultimately involved as well) as the clock ticks (the ship is due to leave soon) elevates our interest. Don Cheadle (local crime boss Kingpin) is a key figure among the Bahamians with influence on the outcome.

Jewel heist in paradise. That might be a working title for a script which would become the film 'After the Sunset'. Writer Paul Zbyszewski (previous experience on TV's 'The Weakest Link') has fashioned a reasonably believable story line (see Roger Ebert for discussion of plot holes - http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041111/REVIEWS/41006006/1023) involving electro-technical moments, great use of locations, wry humor (Woody Harrelson does go over the top in some mugging moments, but overall is quite engaging), and certainly deserves another opportunity to develop a script.

A killer cast of capable actors is expected to deliver and does. No doubt the script could have been terser, the lines more memorable or the plot more believable. We don't get all of the sheer class of the recent 'Ocean's Eleven', the raw energy of 'The Italian Job' or the gut laughs of 'Team America: World Police'. But Salma Hayek works her minimal exposure maximally (her physical charms alone are arresting), Brosnan is an interesting study in this a more laid back role than we are accustomed to seeing from him and Don Cheadle proves again he can do anything, including portray what for all intents is a gangster.

In an interview on the set of the film in January, director Brett Ratner notes about how he saw this as more a 'character-driven movie' and not just a 'big action heist'. He further notes that in taking on the task of balancing all the elements – comedy, action/adventure, drama - 'It's more of a challenge for me. Can I do a movie like this and get the tone right? If it's too broad, you don't care about the characters. If it's too serious, it's just a dramatic film and you then don't care.' (http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=3457)

'After The Sunset' is one of those films you just want to work and because you do redemption is sought in what probably are the small things. This jewel heist caper is a little above the cut of customary plex fare, and the nearly full theater of attentive viewers speaks to the dearth of just plain old decent films at the moment. We were not disappointed, and maybe agree the director CAN do a film like this.

Rating: 2- ¾ stars.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,500,000, 14 November 2004

Gross USA:

$28,331,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,657,868
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2.35 : 1
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