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The Grind [DVD] (German Import)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Story with Lots of Eye Candy 1 Jan 2011
By Compay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The Grind isn't much different than most straight-to-DVD flicks these days. It's low budget, and there's really not much to the story.

The story follows Luke, played by C. Thomas Howell, a Los Angeles scam artist whose massive debt is sold to Mexican gangsters. With his fate and that of his friends hanging in the balance, he devises a scheme to repay his debt in a week's time. Along with two of his accomplices, he sets out to create a sexy voyeur website featuring four lovely ladies. But things don't go exactly to plan thanks to the greed and violent history of the people involved.

Pros: The cinematography is decent, as well as the color correction and lighting. The four roommates are played by Christina DeRosa, Lauren Walsh, Eve Mauro, and Sarah Scott. Each of the four actresses are incredibly sexy, and there's a good bit of nudity in the film.

Cons: The story itself is weak, and entire concept of starting a website to pay off a life-threatening debt is laughable. There's no real character development, and the film concludes with plenty of unanswered questions. It was also mildly annoying that Luke's character sustains a major beating at the start of the film, but his bloody appearance never changes throughout the course of a week.

None of the performances stand out, save perhaps for a small contribution by Tom Sizemore (Heat, Natural Born Killers). It's also a bit misleading that Sizemore and Danny Trejo are on the DVD cover, yet both only get about two minutes of screen time each.

While it may have been shot better than most low-budget flicks, The Grind is still a film with weak writing and dialogue. The only redeeming factor was that there were four painfully hot women to keep you watching the movie. But even that only made the film halfway worth renting through Netflix. Unless you're a big fan of eye candy, give this one a pass.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of A Grind to Get Through 1 Aug 2010
By Jym Cherry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
C. Thomas Howell plays a small time hustler named Luke who is always looking for the next score. He owes 24K to the Mexican mafia and he has to pay the debt in three days. Luckily, he has an idea to get the money, a website called [...], and not only is he going to charge the customers to the website he's going to sell their credit card information.

Four women are recruited to live in the house, and their characters are not so much archetypes as stereotypes, and each one has a penchant for stabbing people. As the website starts to make money, the woman start to get killed, and the rest of the characters try to figure out the mystery of who the killer is. But no real suspense is built up one of the characters has to mention it to put it in the viewers mind. The solving of the mystery is anticlimactic, there is no real resolution to the elements put in play all of a sudden the voice over says "I never saw the women again after that night," then Luke and his friends are paying off the Mexican Mafia, and I guess they all live happily ever after.

Howell's acting is fine although he keeps a hang dog expression on his face the whole time, but one thing that bothered me is Howell's character is beat up in the first scene and over the course of the movie he never seems to clean up, over the course of the three days the movie is supposed to take place he never wipes the blood off his forehead. Tim Sizemore and Danny Trejo make cameo appearances, Sizemore as a fence for the credit card numbers, and Trejo as the head of the Mexican Mafia, the characters don't have any more development than that and was probably an easy day of work for the both of them.

The Grind might be all right if you want to blow an hour and half and see some naked women, but the film doesn't draw you into the characters or even give you any feel for them as people. It's a 2.5 star movie.
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