30 Minutes or Less is the titular promise of the pizza place that average-achiever Nick (Eisenberg - The Social Network
) works for. When Dwayne & Travis (McBride & Swardson - Eastbound and Down
& Happy Madison films) decide to hire someone to kill Dwayne's overbearing father who is frittering away his lottery winnings and as Dwayne sees it - his inheritance. Needing to raise cash for the venture, they decide to force someone to rob a bank for them - by strapping a bomb to the victim and threatening to blow it up unless they comply.
Nick is left with little choice other than to go through with the plan, assisted by his long-time best friend Chet (Aziz Ansari - Observe And Report
) who despite his initial reluctance, gets fully into the act. Will the guys manage to raise & deliver the cash before Dwayne & Travis' ineptitude blows the bomb?
Well, anyone would have thought this theme might have been a little insensitive as very similar events to these actually happened to a pizza-guy - but controversy aside - this is director Ruben Fleischer & Jesse Eisenberg's second outing together; the first being the hugely successful Zombieland
What follows is actually not half-bad; Ansari's highly-strung character provides a lot of the laughs as Eisenberg comes across as a neurotic (probably due to the fact the character is wearing a bomb-vest) but it's his usual rendition of an anaemic-snivelling-loser. McBride & Swardson provide a lot of humour as the bungling day-dreaming duo, again it's not outside of anyone's comfort zone and all of these lot run the risk of being heavily type-cast. Michael Peña (Everything Must Go
) makes an appearance as the hapless hitman. Nonetheless this provides slap-stick after one-liner for nearly an hour and a half straight, which is something that should be valued. Sure, it's brainless - but it's a lot of fun along the way.
Extra Content: There is the usual suite of deleted scenes & out-takes, a 'making-of' featurette called "Blowing up with the cast & crew" - The BR comes with more exclusive content; a picture-in-picture running-commentary with the main characters, another featurette & an exclusive 30 Minutes or Less PS3 wallpaper/theme thingy.
All in all, it's a bit slapstick, you'll laugh, but not for any length of time; fortunately the jokes don't let up and I came away smiling. Worth a watch!!