The Convincer (Thin Ice) Reviews
In order to accumulate more sales for his little insurance business, Mickey is told by a recent participant of one of his seminar's that an old farmer named Gorvy is willing to purchase some. Gorvy is a special old coot who has a dog that keeps him company. Of course that's not all he has that keeps company when you begin to see all the stuff he collects. One valuable asset strikes Mickey as being the perfect way to acquire some much needed cash. It's a violin.
A violin expert appraises it and Mickey discovers that it's worth $25,000. That's enough of a commission for him especially to join the next convention which is being held in Aruba. When Gorvy sets up security at his home before taking a trip for a few days Mickey is introduced to Randy, the security guy. Randy isn't exactly stable and has prior criminal convictions. The violin is held in the attic, but Mickey can't get to it unless the security is set off. So that's where Randy comes in.
Shutting off the security for a bit while Mickey swaps the violin for a fake one sounds to be the quickest way to snatch and grab, but that's when the neighbor shows up. Randy gets spooked when the neighbor threatens to call the police. So, he bashes the neighbors head in with a hammer. Great! A dead body! Just another thing to deal with!
The shit really hits the fan between Randy and Mickey. Randy blackmails him by snapping a picture of him next to the body and promises that if he ever goes to the police he will kill him. Much of the fun begins once Billy Crudup steps in. I think the whole film would've been a complete piece of crap if it hadn't been for him. He gave the film a much needed wake up call!
When this film was shown at Sundance it picked up a distributor, but it forced the director to make several changes in the editing. Sadly, the director had no control whatsoever once the film got picked up and the final product is what we are left with. I must say you can obviously tell that this film was re-cut to hell. It's slightly sloppy in it's editing. The real running time for this film was suppose to be an hour and forty-nine minutes, but got reduced to an hour and thirty. It's a real shame because the film feels like there's stuff missing. The twist at the end didn't really make me film surprised either because most of the whole film felt chopped up.
I want to stress this however that it's still a worthy to film to watch. It has some good plot points and is funny in places. Also the acting from Crudup and Kinnear were also good, but one shining moment I really loved was to see Lea Thompson again on screen. She only has a bit part, but it was worth it seeing her again.
Overall, it's a crafty tale that could've been better if it hadn't been for those fuckers who toyed with the editing.