"This ring belonged to my wife. I want you to tell me who sold you this ring."
Wayne Kramer, director of Running Scared and The Cooler, brings us this anthology film where three separate stories are all connected in some way to a local southern pawn shop. The screenplay was written by Adam Minarovich, and there lies the problem of why this movie couldn't quite grasp the spirit of the film it was trying to imitate: Pulp Fiction. Minarovich and Kramer are no Tarantino and this is even more proof of why Tarantino really is a genius. These grindhouse B movies are no easy task to imitate and mixing comedy and shocks doesn't always work. The result can often be sickening rather than amusing and I am tired of these pointless and ultra violent films. Trying to be edgy and witty the film ends up being boring, mean spirited, and dull. It's a shame because a decent cast was wasted here: Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elijah Wood, Ashlee Simpson, and Lukas Haas. They all play stereotypical rednecks, meth addicts, skinheads, or Elvis impersonators. The first two stories are ultra violent, while the third one is pointless. There were some interesting ideas thrown here and there, but overall the film fell flat and never managed to seduce me. This is an insane film, but I imagine it could have a small fan base, it just isn't for everyone. It was disturbing and dull with over the top crazy and mean characters.