Men with Guns (1998)
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When Eddie(Donal Logue, of "Terriers") and Richie(Gregory Sporleder) try to collect a debt at a strip club, they are re-routed to a farm where they are brutally assaulted. Seeking revenge, they are joined by Mamet(Callum Keith Rennie) in buying guns from Easy Gary(Max Perlich). Before they go, they get high which might explain their accidentally killing more people than they originally planned on. On the plus side, it looks like they hit the jackpot. Directed by Kari Skogland, "Men with Guns" is a prime example of style triumphing over substance in desperately thriving for an offbeat rhtythm in its depiction of underworld denizens while being overboard with the sometimes literally flowery dialogue. The intriguing cast which also includes Paul Sorvino is both a plus and a minus. It is a shame because there are some good thoughts here on success and what it takes to achieve it that go beyond just simple ambition and luck but maybe depends on how we treat each other.
To put it in simplest terms, "Men With Guns" is a technical atrocity. The editing is uneven, the cinematography is hazy and unclear, and it's just poorly directed to boot. Given Skogland's past filmography, Men With Guns is surprisingly amateurish. There are a couple scenes of good dialogue, but the movie fails at anything beyond that. It's just far too messy and unorganized.
Kari Skogland's Men With Guns is a technical atrocity. It's surprisingly amateurish. Not only is it poorly directed, but poorly photographed and poorly edited. There a few scenes of good dialogue, but the movie fails beyond that. I wanted to like it, but it's just too messy. The reason for my watching this film was Donal Logue. Problem is, he's not terrifically good here. I liked Callum Keith Rennie though. I feel like he's a good character.
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