Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I "Didn't Like It" Finders Fee: Better if left lost

Finder's Fee (2001) PosterLet's analyze this.

            This is the first summary of the movie: 

An artist finds a wallet holding a winning lottery ticket, and later, a poker game gets odd when he realizes the ticket's owner is among the players.

            And that's wrong. The guy finds the wallet, true, but the poker game getting odd has nothing to do with anything because the guy knows immediately who the ticket's owner is. Like, the guy shows up to get the wallet with the ticket in it and unforeseen circumstances keeps the guy there. The poker game gets weird because Matthew Lillard, who I like as an actor, is crazy and pretty much a dick. 

            So that was a disappointment. There’s no suspense at all. Okay. So let's say that my wife and I had chosen to go off of the second summary of the movie, which appears when you click on it taking you to the window to play the movie or add it to your queue. 

That summary says: 

This edgy drama follows young artist Adam (Erik Palladino), who finds a wallet with a lottery ticket worth millions inside. He later engages in a simple game of pokers that gets interesting when Adam realizes the ticket’s owner (James Earl Jones) is among the players. Soon, Adam and his buddies (Matthew Lillard, Dash Mihok and ryan Reynolds) are trapped in the man’s home. Jeff Probst, host of televisions “Survivor,” wrote and directed the film.

            Okay, so this one is wrong also. We’ll forget the whole “game of poker that gets interesting when Adam realizes” thing because as I said he knew it before the poker game started. Knows it the whole time! This time it says that Adam and his buddies are trapped in the man’s home, which is either wrong or poorly written because they are trapped (sort of) but in Adam’s home and not the ticket owner’s home.

            All of this is pointless because the movie is not good. It’s just not interesting, though the setup is, and I think it’s not interesting because Adam does know who the ticket owner is. If he didn’t know it would be more interesting (maybe Netflix was trying to help the movie, in which case the Netflix-written movie would have been better). My wife and I made the movie as interesting as it could be by thinking that maybe the known ticket owner wasn’t really the ticket owner. Wouldn’t that be a good twist? Sure. Obvious? You bet.

            Ryan Reynolds, though he is the only person in the Netflix picture for the movie, is barely in the movie. I mean, he’s in it so little it’s hard to even criticize his acting (It's not good.).

            It’s a poor movie all around, and it’s leaving on the 1st of Feb. I think Netflix will be better for it. (Though I do hope someone produces the Netflix proposed movie that is described as this movie’s plot.)

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