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The whole operation loses its tension, allowing the story to drift into amusing but familiar territory.
None of this is overly interesting, thanks to murky plotting and the fact that there's nothing involving about these bad guys.
The movie has no personal touch; it merely assembles a who's who of mob-movie heavyweights (James Caan and Frank Vincent among them) and hopes for the best.
Rings with authenticity and solid acting.
For all of his personal familiarity with the material, Mr. Provenzano has turned out a movie that largely owes its tone and style to other movies.
Cliche-ridden and ponderous.
As a modern mob fable there is plenty to impress, as Provenzano's documented legal troubles bring validation to the story and the appearances of Pastore and Vincent bring credibility to the screen.
It looks fine, it plays fine, it sounds fine, but it has no consequence.
It's no GoodFellas, but it's still a reasonably good time.
The action is furious and gory, though not always fast, and the slow between-shootouts pacing doesn't generate much interest or character development.
[A] familiar but well-told tale.
Little tension is generated in the resulting internecine squabbles, but there's ample opportunity for the familiar supporting cast ... to wax warm and witty.
Danny Provenzano brings crime dramas down low with This Thing of Ours.
While the concept is fitting for a mob story, in which this film is told, the execution is poor. For 95 minutes of screen time, the plot details lack depth and the characters constantly deliver lines of dialogue, meant to be witty, but come across as cheesy. Ultimately, this picture is as bland as its production value.
The constant cursing is for a mature audience, as is the violence, which is backed by cheap sound and blood effects. Ultimately, there is more than enough profanity, but not enough bloodshed.
There are some familiar faces in the crowd, although the question is why. Frank Vincent is okay. James Caan is an absolute waste. Louis Vanaria, Christian Maelen, and Danny Provenzano take the leads in unsatisfactory fashion.
This Thing of Ours has very little to showcase and is therefore a film to be clipped.
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