A legitimate businessman named
Rocket sets up a sophisticated underground scheme to steal from criminals around the city.
Written By: David Keary
Directed By: David Keary
Masterminds has an interesting cast brandished on it's front cover and has been patiently waiting for its turn in my DVD player. Finally, the time came, I grabbed a beer and sat down to watch, not quite knowing what to expect. I'll be honest here. It was actually a pretty damn good movie. I didn't use the FF button once! (Joke). There were some memorable parts sprinkled throughout and I'm thrilled to have had the chance to watch! Want more details? Pick up a copy for yourself! Spare yourself the eyestrain trying to read my review! Still here? OK OK. Here's some more details before you grab your copy.
The story behind Masterminds is a pretty cool one. Nothing Earth shattering, but a very cool concept. The cast, for the most part do a great job becoming their respective characters, making for a realistic world with its clearly stated elements and implied elements. All of the cast did a great job and here they will get a huge thumbs up from me. The film has a nice flowing edit that seems to be more about pushing the characters themselves, rather than hiding a bad scene. Some thought went into these post aspects and the effort wins through easily. On the surface everything seems to have held its ground so you may be wondering why I gave Masterminds a dead even score. A dead even score is nothing to scoff at. With the amount of films coming out these days the average rating seems to be dropping daily. This film, although not perfect is still worth grabbing a copy.
Masterminds suffers from cliché syndrome. I've seen and loved movies like this before, but when a movie is a huge cliché it's usually intentional. There have been entire movies built on one huge cliché. Masterminds is not one of them. If it is... I missed it. My point is that every character is exactly what they appear to be and what you expect them to be. The smack talkin' Boss man. The nerdy-ish computer geek. The 'Less is more' in the brains department thugs. Even the story itself ends up in cliché-ville. The main problem with this is, like I wrote earlier... I don't think it's intentional. Rather it almost seems like the director and post-crew worked hard to try and make it not seem that way. I think if the movie took itself less serious and had fun with the cliché characters and plot devices, Masterminds may have scored an extra point and a half. The other aspect of this film that kept cropping up was its inconsistent production elements. This was a huge factor in my rating. I could site lots of examples but let's keep it simple. Shot one. Beautiful shot. Excellent camerawork. Shot two. Blair Witch and a half. Audio Element one. Crystal clear. Audio element 2. Hissy and pitchy. I feel if some of the shots were replaced or more time was taken Masterminds would have been awesome.
Like I always say reader. This rant is my opinion. You may completely disagree and that would be great if you did because it means you've watched this film! Masterminds is a good watch and I'd like to thank the cast and crew for the entertainment. For a while it took me out of my own boring life. This film is available all over the place, but for a more direct approach visit their website. You can find the link in the left hand panel. Cheers!
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