My Rating: 3 stars
Yes, this film is painfully cheesy, and pretty heavy-handed in places. And, it’s definitely attempting to be about three times more sophisticated than it had any right to. But, I still enjoyed the movie it for what it is. And, that’d be a sexy, popcorn thriller, with more than a little nudity (including a lot of full-frontal from Rosario Dawson, with a little James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel tossed in for good measure). Woo! Now, that’s some excitement. So, I’m not going to apologize for enjoying this one. For one thing, I do like McAvoy, so I’m willing to check out just about anything he’s in. Plus, what’s wrong with wanting to go on a lurid, mindless, little romp every once in a while?
This is another Danny Boyle flick, and it starts off as a classic art heist movie. Then it tries to shake up the formula a little. Yes, the art thieves are after priceless “old masters” as usual. But, this story quickly moves into different territory. McAvoy is an employee at a famous auction house, and he’s just stolen a ridiculously valuable painting. Only, he doesn’t remember anything about the theft, since he was under hypnosis the whole time. The criminal masterminds who put him up to the gig would sure like to know where he’s stashed the picture! But, his mind is mysteriously blank. This is quite a problem. So, they do the only natural thing to get beyond this roadblock—hire an unnaturally foxy, professional, hypnotist to “un-enchant” our confused, young, auctioneer. But, things get complicated when all of these attractive kids start sleeping with one another in all the different combinations (and positions—wink). It’s pretty steamy stuff. And, it makes all the professional relationships in the story really messy. No one can trust anyone else anymore! Partners in crime are already a liability in the first place. (Heck, I’ve always operated as a lone wolf, myself). But, if you must have collaborators, you certainly shouldn’t let your personal feelings or sexual jealousy get in the way. That’s just asking for trouble.
This is a pretty fun movie. And, there are even a few twists along the way, so it’s a bit of a mystery as well as being a heist flick. It’s not the greatest script in the world. In fact, some of the dialogue is downright cringe-worthy. But, there is plenty of excitement in the form of sex, violence, and unanswered questions to keep you interested the whole time. I enjoyed my cheesy night on the couch, and I think you’ll probably get a kick out of this one too. But, it’s probably not one you’ll want to watch with granny or the in-laws. It’s bound to be awkward with the amount of tits and wieners this movie is throwing at you.