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'After the Sunset' DVD Review *** 031405
The Work = ***
The film is directed by Brett Ratner who has never, at least in my mind made a remarkable film. Oh sure his movies are generally enjoyable and I can’t think of one that he has made that is terrible but none of them are one of my favorites either. That being said, the guy’s movies make a bundle at the box office and that has propelled him to a position of some clout in the movie business. I suspect he has a great movie or two in him but he just hasn’t found the right project.
'After the Sunset' is not a great film but an enjoyable one. It’s a heist movie that follows its protagonist into retirement. Brosnan plays Max Burdett an aging thief who has made it to the good life. The trouble is paradise is not everything Max thought it would be and frankly the man seems restless.
It is to Brosnan’s credit that I was willing to follow him in his struggle because his character Max is stuck in paradise with his girlfriend Lola played by Salma Hayek. Being restless and/ or unhappy about being stuck in paradise with Salma Hayek is not the actions of a sane straight man. I still managed to care enough about his struggle in part due to the humor that is scattered throughout the film.
Harrelson seems to be having fun as Max’s nemesis FBI agent Stan Lloyed. He pops up just to gleefully torment Max in his retirement. It seems Stan has an axe to grind since Max has outwitted him one time too many. Will Max come out of retirement and will Stan finally get his man? These are the central questions in 'After the Sunset'. It ends up being an enjoyable but slight heist movie.
DVD = ****
There is also a documentary running just over an hour called 'Before, Durring and After the Sunset' on the making of the film. The documentary is an interesting mix of behind the scenes footage. Ratner certainly comes off as a mover and shaker and seems like a fun enough guy to be around. There are also some very funny pranks played on and by the cast contained in the documentary. There is also a Charlie Rose interview with Hayek, Ratner, Brosnan and Harrelson (who says almost nothing.) There is a trailer and TV spot as well as a couple of trailers for other features. Rounding out the DVD are some DVD-Rom features which are Image galleries, a script to screen comparison and access to a couple of websites. All and all some pretty good features here. The documentary may have only so-so video quality but it and the Jewel Thief interview are the highlights.
All together = ***
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