August 13, 2011
Review - " 30 Minutes or Less " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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30 Minutes or Less
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick
Swardson, Dilshad Vadsaria, Michael Peña, Fred Ward
“30 Minutes or Less” is a comedy about robbing a bank. Only thing
is - the comedy is limited. Jesse Eisenberg is Nick, a local pizza
delivery boy who is kidnapped by Travis (Nick Swardson) and
Dwayne (Danny McBride). Travis and Dwayne are a couple of idiots
who need Nick’s help with an attempted robbery. They are in need of
$100,000 for an assassin they have hired to kill Dwayne’s father.
Dwayne is looking forward to inheriting his dad’s lotto winnings and
home, and killing him seems to be the only way to share in his wealth.
After much planning the duo order a pizza and when Nick arrives
they subdue him. When Nick awakes he finds a bomb strapped to
him. Travis demonstrates the damage that can occur if he does not
follow their orders. Dwayne tells Nick he needs to rob a bank and
bring him a loot of at least $100K. They will be watching him and if
he goes to the police they will be forced to detonate the bomb.
Freaking out and needing help Nick turns to his good friend Chet
(Aziz Ansari) as an accomplice in his robbery.
The two strategize about robbing the bank and things get a little
crazy. As Nick races to complete his task he will do what it takes to
survive his current predicament. “30 Minutes or Less” is a silly fun
movie, but definitely aimed more towards the male crowd. Some of
the bombing moments were disturbing and left me with a sour view of
the movie. As a fan of Eisenberg I enjoyed his character and found
McBride and Swardson’s comical chemistry superb as usual. The film
seemed to move at a good pace, but was not something I would care
to see again.