Masterminds

(2016)

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Title:
Masterminds
Release Date:
29th September 2016
Runtime:
94 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
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Directors:
Jared Hess
Writers:
Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer
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N/A
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Storyline

In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most. (C) Relativity

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 34%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 49%
IMDb Rating 5.8

Casts

Jason Sudeikis as Mike McKinney
Kate McKinnon as Jandice
Kristen Wiig as Kelly
Owen Wilson as Steve
Zach Galifianakis as David Ghantt

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by smiga-56274 10th October, 2016

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David Ghantt discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney, and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most. Written by

Reviewed by dantonstl 8th October, 2016

Macgruber Again!

This is what to expect....Macgruber. Watching this movie was quite a relief after having gone seen STORKS recently.The movie is pretty funny and kinda had me in a catatonic awe.I had sorta thought the film was over before Jason Sudukies and The woman from Ghostbusters re release had been introduced as the FBi agent. The film is pretty hick a billy with fantastic performances by the other women involved in the Ghostbusters film also. While Zach Galifinakis plays a simpleton and disciplined Southern lover of both work and women while apparently very uninvolved with criminal elements..he has a crush on a coworker.And hes' already married. So somehow the fantasy of running away from his marriage is implemented while eating at a diner with his coworker, except that Owen Wilson is the husband to that coworker Zach Galifinakis likes a whole lot. The previews show the outline of the movie well on its own.

Reviewed by bkrauser-81-311064 3rd October, 2016

Stale and Utterly Incompetent

Welp, it looks like the dunderheads at the now bankrupt Relativity Media LLC. Are hell-bent in giving us yet another doozy before the year's end. What kind of rightfully shelved prattle do they have for us to mull over and regret buying a $10 ticket for this week? A Zach Galifianakis helmed caper comedy about a love-struck loser turned armored truck robber co-starring Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson? That doesn't seem so bad. Well it gets bad folks, real bad. The kind of bad that gives even the most forgiving audience the urge to check their messages before sneaking into Storks (2016) to "check on the kids." Masterminds is an unholy mix of good ideas and concepts made painfully unfunny due bad editing, sloppy storytelling and an over-reliance on the same- old ugly American jokes not funny since Bush was in the White House. The bang adorned Galifianakis plays David Ghantt, a trailer park doofus whose job as an armored car driver fills his head with notions of tense Mexican standoffs and Lee Marvin inspired bravado. His regular partner Kelly (Wiig) passively encourages his flights of fancy, joining him at the shooting range for target practice and openly discussing what she'd do if she was Phillip Johnson; a Loomis Fargo employee that tried to run off with $18 million. Convinced by Kelly's womanly charms and a heist plan masterminded by Kelly's friend Steve Chambers (Wilson), Ghantt decides to follow directives to steal the cash from the Loomis Fargo vault and run off to Mexico for a lovers' rendezvous. On paper, Masterminds has a decent amount going for it. The movie's story attracted quite a few members of SNL's (1975-present) present star lineup including Kate McKinnon as Ghantt's awkward wife, Leslie Jones as the fussy lead FBI investigator and Jason Sudeikis as a frightfully obtuse hit-man. The film is directed by Jared Hess the man responsible for bringing deadpan anti-humor into the mainstream with Napoleon Dynamite (2004)…so clap if you're into that. Mix in Galifianakis's personal brand of cringe-antics and Owen Wilson's inference to his character in Bottle Rocket (1996) and you got yourself quite a lot to root for. Unfortunately, this film is much like a foul smelling casserole made with biscuits, Funions and eight-year-old Velvetta; individually each component sounds appetizing enough but clumping all these things together creates a slurry of colon clogging flotsam. The stranger than fiction tale of the Loomis Fargo robbery could have been, should have been a movie about class dispossession. Lacking that, it could have scored some points simply by dialing up the wacky. Yet Hess's inability to graduate his images from weird to laugh-inducing, mutes the good stuff from hitting its frequency. Nowhere is this more clear than when Galifianakis dons bad disguise after bad disguise in order to blend in. Everyone in this film shamelessly acts out their best Joe Dirt (2001) impression, likely enjoying each other's company to the detriment of the audience. In so doing, they come up no funny lines or endeavor to make their characters anything more than poorly defined caricatures. The film then pads the narrative's plot-points to the brink; insuring whatever tiny morsels manage to get a giggle remain few and far between. By the time the robbery takes place (a mire half-hour into the film), all humor has ceased and all opportunities for humor have long choked on the lack of oxygen, In a confounding moment of stupidity, Ghantt fumbles into the back of his armored truck and locks himself in, just as he's getting ready to leave. Seeing Ghantt panic and struggle to breathe at that moment is in many ways the perfect metaphor for this film. Clustered, confused, angry with himself and shambling to find the gears in the next compartment, Ghantt, like the audience feels stuck in a situation that should have never happened. This movie should have never happened.

Reviewed by steve beard ([email protected]) 2nd October, 2016

Tries Too Hard

I saw "Masterminds", starring Zach Galifianakis-The Hangover movies, Into the Wild; Kristen Wiig-The Martian, The Brothers Solomon; Owen Wilson-Hall Pass, Anaconda and Jason Sudeikis-Mother's Day, Hall Pass. This is a comedy that is based on a true story about the biggest cash robbery in U.S. history. The $17 million robbery took place in October of 1997 in North Carolina. Zach plays the perpetrator of the heist that worked at the Loomis Armored car service. Kristen is a co-worker that puts the idea into Zach's brain, after hatching the plot out with her friend, Owen. Owen plans on using Zach as a fall guy and he uses Kristen to sweeten the deal, making Zach think that she is in love with him. Things don't go according to plan, and Jason, a hit man, is called in to take care of the situation. I did mention that this is a comedy, didn't I? It has it's moments. Sometimes it's funny and sometimes, it seems to try too hard and falls flat. There are a couple of funny/not so funny cameos from Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones-both from Ghostbusters & SNL, just like Kristen-and as the end credits start, there are some bloopers shown, as well as real people from the based-on-a-true story. It's rated "PG-13" for crude humor, language, violence and sexual content-no nudity-and has a running time of 1 hour & 34 minutes. Like I said earlier, it has it's ups & downs, as far as being funny, so I don't think I would buy it on DVD. It would be alright, as a rental though.

Reviewed by Lloyd Bayer 29th September, 2016

Despite the combined comic talent, Masterminds isn't nearly as funny as it tries to be.

There's an unwritten rule when it comes to bratpack comedies – Don't expect much wit. Masterminds has none and that's not even the biggest downside given the combined comic talent in this film. With a lineup comprising of Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, it's hard not to recall bratpack comedies like Hall Pass or The Hangover. Those films were not very witty either but they were setup to be outrageously funny and they delivered with laugh-out-loud gags. On the other hand, Masterminds has been in production hell for a long time and was supposed to be released over a year ago. While this doesn't say much about the overall production and budget, it explains why there are as many as six writers for the screenplay. That's never a good sign and it shows – jokes are not only a misfire but the repeated use of toilet humour is a definite indication of lazy writing and poor taste. It is still interesting to note that this film is based on a real life robbery. Details of the heist are almost identical including actual names of the perpetrators, and set in the 90s, this film could have even worked as a Martin Scorsese crime caper. Instead, Galifianakis is in the lead as real criminal David Ghantt but resembling Jim Carrey from Dumb and Dumber. And as expected, his character is as bright as a flickering lightbulb. Orchestrated by Steve (Wilson as the titular perp), the plan is to con Ghantt into stealing money from the armored truck company he works for and have him eliminated in Mexico after the job. Dubbed the 'Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery' by the FBI, the real incident turned out to be one of the largest cash hauls in the United States. What happens in the film is a struggle between staying true to the facts and letting Galifianakis loose. While most of the film barely serves any real laughs (when not being cringe worthy awkward), the only reason to recommend Masterminds would have to be cameos from Sudeikis as a psychotic hit-man and Kate McKinnon as Ghantt's psychotic fiance. Both are show stealers and with the inclusion of Leslie Jones as a tongue-lashing FBI agent, perhaps the only saving grace in a crime film disguised as a comedy. And speaking of disguise, this film is second to none in imagining what a wanted thief must do to evade airport security. Watch and laugh. Or weep.