Posted on 8/16/11 03:00 PM
Believe it or not, from what I have heard this is actually derived from on a true event that happened in Australia, where a pizza guy was forced to rob a bank because his neck was tied to a bomb. Now in here, the studio turned this into a comedy featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari, who tried to rob a local bank in order to set off the bomb.
The story started off with a pizza boy named Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), who always had to deliver the pizza within 30 minutes or less, otherwise the pizza would be free. One day, he had a delivery to a dumpster place, where two guys worn monkey masks kidnapped him and tied him up with a bomb on his chest. In order for him to be free, Nick had to rob $100,000 from a bank within 10 hours, or he would be blown up by a simple phone call. As a result, Nick had no choice but to seek help from his best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari). After given thoughts into the situation, the two decided to rob a local bank and planned to get away using a car that they stole from a friend's dad.
I would say the chemistry between the two main characters was strong, and so were the other supporting characters. Michael Pena as the assassin was a very memorable character, and I just loved the way how he talked with that strange tone of his. In addition, I was not surprised to see Danny McBride to be in the movie, because he was pretty much in every comedy nowadays. The scripts were funny occasionally, but indeed unevenly written throughout the whole film. Hence, I would give this a low 60% passable rating. I did enjoy a couple scenes and laughed my head off, but I couldn't highly recommend this to everybody out there unless you're a big comedy fan.
Overall, the movie is not asking the audiences to take it seriously, so when you are watching just try to relax and enjoy the silliness from all the characters. If you are expecting this to be an extreme heist film with a perfect master mind behind everything, this would not be the right movie for you.