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as Vic Ajax
as Helene Trend
as Faron Crush
as Ernest Trend
as The Heel
as Donald Odegard
as Officer Brenner
as Mr. Yarman
as Hardened Convict
as Colonel Rodgers
as 1st guard
Critic Reviews for Crimewave
A strange but not funny spoof of hitmen that disappoints because the comedy is too simplistic.
Audience Reviews for Crimewave
In a word: wacky. Make that wackywackywacky! From start to finish, a manic, at times surrealist adventure chronicling one crazy night when a co-owner of a home-security business hires two psychotic exterminators to off his partner for selling him out. Neighbors, onlookers, and innocent bystanders all become involved in the mayhem with very broad, often cartoonish characterizations. Great camerawork and imagination with several laugh-out-loud moments (best: the final expression of Mr. Yarman.) Only a protracted car chase/cliffhanger bogs down the silliness. Not unlike an early Coen brothers comedy, and not at all surprising since they co-wrote the script with pal Sam Raimi directing one of his earliest films (which means a great role for smarmily handsome Bruce Campbell as a smug, slick-talking heel.) Five times more entertaining than Spider-Man for 1/50th the cost.
Brion James and Paul Smith are hysterical in this very bizarre, live-action cartoon. Bruce Campbell shows why he's the man from day one. Very interesting to see different aspects of this film that have become trademarks for director Sam Raimi and the Coen Bros as writers. The hero is named Vic, so you can't go wrong there.
A great dark comedy collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Raimi.
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