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Foolproof

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Foolproof

20031 h 37 min
Overview

Kevin, Sam and Rob have an unusual hobby: planning foolproof heists, without intending to actually perform them. The game goes wrong when their latest plan is stolen and carried out. Things get even worse when a mysterious man approaches them with an offer: plan a heist for him, or go to jail. As the clock ticks, they find that the risk might be higher than just their freedom.

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Director William Phillips
Runtime 1 h 37 min
Release Date 3 October 2003
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Not bad

Man, Ryan Reynolds really knows his audience. If you haven’t seen his newly launched streaming service, go check it out. There you can watch Foolproof, and only Foolproof, for free. This is a heist movie from the early-2000s, so I know what you’re thinking. And yes, Foolproof was probably trying to ride off the success of Ocean’s Eleven. But aside from also being a heist movie, Foolproof isn’t really all that similar. The cast of characters is much smaller and written pretty differently, the plot is less complex, and the writing puts more of a focus on comedy.

So, this heist group is only made up of 3 partners. They get a few tagalongs once the plot starts unfolding, but these core 3 form the main group. The key difference between these 3 and most other heist movie characters is that they’re not accomplished criminals. Up until this point, the whole heist planning thing was literally a game for them. These aren’t hardened criminals, they’re people working white-collar jobs. But that just leaves room for some fantastic character development as the story unfolds. Instead of saying “here’s the character, the movie is about the plot”, Foolproof is more about how these normal people with a weird hobby respond to an extreme situation.

That being said, the stakes didn’t feel quite as high as in many other heist films. Or at least different. Being caught during their heist is clearly a threat and there are some suspicious police officers who start poking around after a little while too. But the main threat is Leo, the criminal blackmailing the group. If they get caught, they could land in jail, but Leo seems more likely to just straight-up murder them. And the level of that threat fluctuates as they get to know Leo and see more of him as a person, only for an occasional reminder that he is absolutely ruthless.

While I wouldn’t classify Foolproof as a comedy, the comedic elements are definitely there. Which is pretty much what makes many of Ryan Reynolds’ best movies work. Not that he can’t do non-comedy, he can, but comedy is where he shines. God, I’d love to see some kind of comedy “Vs.” movie that pits him against Chris Pratt. Anyway, the funny elements are mainly restricted to a quick jab here and there. And it works well to break up the tension in an otherwise purely action-thriller story.

Overall, this is a decent movie. Not amazing, but entertaining and certainly worth the running time. Especially since it can be watched for free.

August 30, 2020

Deadpool

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Deadpool

Witness the beginning of a happy ending

20161 h 48 min
Overview

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Director Tim Miller
Runtime 1 h 48 min
Release Date 9 February 2016
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Very good

If you have ever been a fan of comic books in the slightest and/or are at least slightly familiar with the character Deadpool, then the Deadpool movie is going to tickle your funny bone with its strange mix of dark humor and snarky yet childlike playfulness. Wade Wilson, also known as our title character Deadpool, is the merc with the mouth. In Marvel’s comics, he is known for being as borderline insane as deadly, with many other characters noting his habit of thinking he is in a comic book (i.e. breaking the fourth wall). Previously Ryan Reynolds portrayed a character who was supposed to be Deadpool in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine; this “Deadpool” shared almost nothing in common with his comic book incarnation other than the name. Thankfully, this rendition of the character adheres to the Deadpool fans already know and love with his snarky attitude, foul mouth, and general love of mayhem coupled with a disregard for life and property damage.

Deadpool’s comics are known for a few different things. Most notably readers go in expecting action, blood, and an endless line of jokes padded with references. This film delivers all of those things and more. Particularly sex, a generous amount of sex. If most other comedies had the constant barrage of jokes that is in Deadpool it would not really work, with the exception of films specifically designed to be nothing but jokes on top of jokes like Airplane and Hot Shots. Like the characters in those films, Deadpool is not at all supposed to be a normal person. Yes, there is the whole superpower side of, “Well, of course, this is not supposed to be a realistic movie,” but the logic of that extends to Deadpool’s character as well. He has been and always will be a wisecracker first and foremost.

This film does not have the maximum amount of action or the maximum amount of comedy; there are films that are wittier and there are also films that are bloodier. However, Deadpool does an excellent job of meeting the two in the middle ground. There are a few sequences in the film that are more humor than anything else, but the comedy continues to roll over into the action sequences with Deadpool’s ongoing commentary. The way he fights also manages to be comedic as well as brutal, partly for the aforementioned comments and partly for some of his uniquely ridiculous combat tactics. This film also by far has one of the best and most hilarious Stan Lee cameos so far.

As the film follows Deadpool, the other characters do not get too much screen time in comparison. There are parts of the film where another character reappears and you find yourself thinking, “Oh yeah, they exist,” because it has been so long since they were last onscreen. The members of the X-men who appear in the film seem to impede Deadpool and create more problems just as much as they help him, if not more so. The villains of the film are also pretty generic and have a very loosely thrown together backstory. While Deadpool is not a “save the world” type of character, it felt like the studio could not decide if they wanted this villain to be a big threat for Deadpool to stop or just some jerk that Deadpool had a vendetta against. This was not necessarily in any way the actors fault; many of them did well with the roles they were given. The issue lies with the rest of the characters not being written as well as Deadpool. Yes he is the star of the film, but a good supporting cast could have made the film more than it was; great for a laugh but with limited re-watching value after you know all the jokes. Still, the movie is worth watching at least once to see something different in the superhero genre.

March 13, 2016