Review – Masterminds (2016)

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jqdwmxdprubohekaxnt6nzqdxdThis is awfully strange, a movie I never once heard of slipped by without anyone really noticing…even though it had a pretty well-known cast of characters like Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wigg, Jason Sudeikis, Zach Galifianakis, Leslie Jones, and Owen Wilson. It’s weird for a movie to have virtually no advertisement, yet a decent cast like that…but that’s what Masterminds is. It is a heist movie that slips under your nose in broad daylight. That’s right. This movie pulls a heist on you! Although, it is  a comedy, and those are rather touch-and-go, so what about this one? Well, let’s get into it.

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 Relativity (IMDb)

What actually makes this movie interesting is when it begins with that all-too-familiar title card stating this was based on a real-life event, one of the biggest (if not biggest) heists ever pulled off on American soil, and it was done by a bunch of buffoons. Maybe that’s part of the idea, though, the things we sometimes overlook because of certain preconceived notions and judgments are the same things that’ll get the better of us because of our one-minded assumptions. You know what they say about assuming, right? Anyways, I normally am not the biggest fan of true stories, but when they’re comedies…it has something extra that sort of makes it unique.

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Was it funny, though? I guess it depends on who you ask. Comedy is extremely subjective, but as for me, I thought the jokes were mostly good. I can’t say I laughed out loud too many times, but it gave me plenty of chuckles. Take it this way, it’s basically Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis among the SNL alumni – either you’re a fan of the type of humor they provide, or you aren’t. If you are, you’ll probably love this movie. Instead of funny, I did actually really like the characters and the story…so even if you’re not the biggest fan of the humor, it makes up for it with some other elements.

Overall, it’s not the best comedy, but it’s also far from the worst, too. It simply falls snuggled in with all of the other comedies seen in 2016…which is apparently where all the comedies go to die these days. Not a bad thing, I just wish they were all more memorable than they are…because I feel like this could have been more memorable than it is…but who knows. It was good for what it was!

RATING 7.3/10

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