RT on DVD: Waltz with a Shopaholic Pink Panther in Wonderland
Get Bruckheimer's chick flick, Steve Martin's slapstick sequel, an animated Oscar nominee and more!
Sometimes films go direct to DVD for a reason. (Ok, most of the time that reason is they're just plain terrible.) Increasingly, however, we see films go direct to DVD because the current moviemaking climate simply can't accommodate independent films with theatrical releases, no matter the talent or material involved. Case in point: The Code (formerly Thick as Thieves), a jaunty buddy-thief thriller starring Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman, directed by Mimi Leder; it's a flick that could have opened decently in theaters, say, a decade ago. In fact, there's a distinctly '90s feel to The Code, which introduces the 48-year-old Banderas as a young upstart taken under the wing of Freeman's seasoned criminal and proceeds to follow the traditional heist movie formula note by note, including cheeky banter, double-crosses, damsels in distress and, yes, a roomful of lasers. For a direct-to-DVD title, you can't get much better than this. Watch an exclusive clip below.
Until next week, happy renting!