A comedic adventure that re-imagines Mark Twain's iconic literary characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer as grown men in current day. Petty criminal Huck Finn hopes to leave his criminal life behind when he is released from a stint in prison, but his lifelong friend, and corrupt cop, Tom Sawyer, has other plans. Not ready to give up on his childhood fantasies of wealth and adventure, Tom forms the "Band of Robbers," recruiting their misfit friends Joe Harper and Ben Rogers, to join them for an elaborate plan to find a fabled treasure. But the plan soon unravels, thrusting the guys on a wild journey with dangerous consequences...
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Written & Performed by Rich Mullins (as Richard Mullins) (ASCAP)
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An eccentric Twain hommage (stealing the most appropriate terminology from other reviewers)
I really had to mull over my rating for "Band of Robbers". I grew up on Mark Twain and am pretty familiar with the source material. As another reviewer mentioned, this film should be thought of as a hommage to Mark Twain, not a retelling of any of his stories. It plays off of the characters and their personalities from Twain and a few other small points, but is a basically new story. Still, just like "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" which really required familiarity with "Hamlet", in this case, to appreciate this film well you should really know Twain's work.
Even if you don't know Twain's work though, you can probably still enjoy this offbeat and unpredictable movie. (One reviewer thought that it was predictable, in which case I would like him or her to manage my investment portfolio--I feel that the other reviewer who called it "eccentric" was much more on target.) The plot really is a mix of fantasy and reality and after a night's sleep, I decided that it's originality and attitude really merited high marks. I'm guessing that this is actually a story which I will remember for quite a while, which isn't true with most high-buck Hollywood productions, most of which have become essentially interchangeable in my opinion (it's not an accident that a Korean film took best picture at the Oscars this year). Therefore, if you are looking for an odd movie, this would be a good place to start--give it a chance to hook you, and if you hang around, you might like it by the end, even if initially you aren't into it.
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