30 Minutes or Less (4/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 83 minutes.
Not for Children.
This is just another
reprehensible, profane film masquerading as a comedy. OscarŪ-nominee
Jesse Eisenberg wastes his talents on this relatively unfunny tale of a
pizza delivery man who has a bomb strapped to his body to get him to rob
a bank. What's worse is that this "comedy" is based on a true incident
that occurred in 2003 in which a pizza delivery man with a bomb strapped
to his body robbed a bank, asked the police to help him and was then
blown up. That's not funny; it's a tragedy, and it's a disgrace that
Hollywood wants to make it into a comedy.
The first hour of this is
truly dreadful, filled with gutter language and tedious situations.
Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriter Michael Diliberti strain for
laughs, mostly by the new school filmmaking gimmick of substituting
shocking language for humor.
Eisenberg is an
OscarŪ-nominee. He should feel an obligation to his craft to avoid junk
like this. His appearance in this film degrades his reputation.
The movie finally comes alive
in the last half hour when Michael Peņa makes his appearance as a hit
man from Detroit. But for him, I couldn't give this more than a 1. He
makes the last half hour entertaining. Without him it would be a
complete waste of time.
August 4, 2011