19
Mar
2013
Brief: Sushi Girl
Sushi Girl
Jordan
From a script perspective, the film leaves a lot to be desired, and wears its influences fairly transparently on the screen. Its basically a warmed over Reservoir Dogs riff that is so reductive, it features (an extended) torture scene, a character who is a police informant, and a Mexican stand-off at its climax. Its also, in theory, about a diamond heist gone wrong told mostly in flashback after the members have reunited. So, yeah, its pretty much Reservoir Dogs, except not nearly as good and a whole lot more violent (had I known going in just how violent it was going to be, I might have sat this one out, honestly. I don't mind violence in film, but I do mind empty violence, and there's plenty of that here).

There's not a whole lot to be said in this movie's favor, though its charms might make it worthwhile for me in the end (to have seen, at least. I don't think I'll ever be sitting down for a rewatch). Tony Todd chews the hell out of the scenery as a crime lord, and does a lot with a role that is fairly thin on the page. And then there's the real reason I watched the movie: Mark Hamill (I read about the film when he was doing interviews around its release). Hamill is basically doing a Charles Nelson Reilly impression throughout the film as a flamboyant enforcer with Kurt Cobain hair and a mordant wit, and he plays the hell out of the role. I wouldn't say the performances by Todd and Hamill save the movie (because they don't), but fans of either actor will probably enjoy their work here, if they can get past the considerable violence and the fact that these two are basically the only thing holding the movie up.


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