Violet & Daisy 2011

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When you're a teenager, every new drama feels like a life-or-death situation, but for the anti-heroines of this film, that feeling is not hyperbolic. Violet and Daisy are teenaged assassins. They speak of their work in blunt, grotesque terms, and seem unaffected by it. The pair accepts what they assume will be a tidy job, but their assignment becomes far more complicated when their target, Michael, turns out to be someone other than the man they expected.

Starring:
Saoirse Ronan, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Rental Formats:
DVD

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Alexis Bledel, Danny Trejo, James Gandolfini, Stu Riley, John Ventimiglia, Cassidy Hinkle, Cody Horn, Tatiana Maslany
Director Geoffrey Fletcher
Genres Drama
Studio HOUSE FILMS
Rental release 14 April 2014
Main languages English

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 9 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Love this movie so much, a fantastic little film that's so charming and fun mainly due to Saoirse Ronan who is such a beautiful and amazing actress, she can turn any story into such a great film, the story is fun and fresh about a couple of late teen girl assassins who's last job doesn't quite go to plan, its darkly funny, violent, great dialogue between the two main leads Ronan and Alexis Bledel who is also brilliant, quite the pair in this film, there is a two minute cameo from Danny Trejo and James Gandolfini is good too and has a large role, this truly is an amazing film and should be seen, its not a major action film its slow pace a lot of the time but like I said its carried really well with a good paced story amazing cast and great dialogue, fans of Ronan will not be disappointed as she is on top form as always, such a convincing actress who always gives a magical performance!

The import bluray is region free, shame there is not many features though except poster art and a trailer.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Imagine if you will a universe where Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are paid hitmen working for Danny Trejo in another cameo role. Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are downright enjoyable in this quirky dark comedy. This is a genius indie designed to give you a Merrillee Rush. Violet and Daisy come across an easy hit (James Gandolfini) which causes them to examine their lives...one where they met as doll surgeons and life is about a Barbara Sunday designer dress.

Some lines from the film:

About the number one killer: "He once killed 3 ninjas with a fingernail file."
Violet theology: "Heaven is a place...where everything is free or at least wholesale."
And "Everything is a test when you are a career woman."

Excellent musical score using classical rock tunes to give them new meaning.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.

Written by Geoffrey Fletcher, the first African-American to win an Oscar for best adapted screenplay - "Precious."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 11 July 2014
Format: DVD
‘Violet and Daisy’ tells the story of a pair of teenage assassins who get more than they bargained for on their latest job, namely someone who actually WANTS to be assassinated.

Now, the first question you may ask if you hear that is WHY does the ‘mark’ want to be ‘offed’ by a pair of gin-totting adolescents. And it’s a good question. However, despite the two girls staying with their man for most of the film, they don’t seem to get round to asking him. Then, when you do finally find out (about three quarters of the way through the film) there isn’t really anywhere else left to go.

It starts off well enough. I found the opening kind of similar to Guy Ritchie’s ‘Snatch’ as the two girls disguise themselves and chat happily on their way to their first ‘job’ of the day. However, despite all the nice talk, the dialogue isn’t ever quite as snappy as a Guy Ritchie or Tarrantino film.

All the performances are good and James Gandolfini deserves a special mention, as he does his character with a lot of pathos, helped no small part by the fact that, in the film, he wants to die and, not long after, he sadly got his wish in real life.

Whereas the film could have explained, or possibly delved into how using teenagers (who are still just about young enough to be considered – sort of – innocent), it never really touches on the subject, choosing to string the story out as to why James Gandolfini wants to die for as long as possible.

It’s not a bad film, but it could have either done with being cut down by about half to make it tighter, or taken in a more focused direction.

In the end it ends up as a sort of half-hearted homage to a Guy Ritchie/Tarrantino film that never really lives up to its potential.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lennon on 1 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Every now and then a really good actor will be tempted to slum it in a daft action movie where they get to shoot guns and try and be cool. This seems to be Saoirse Ronan's turn to do just that.

This film wants desperately to be as cool as a Quinten Tarantino movie but it comes across as simply moronic. The normally very talented Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel play two teenage assassins who have no sense of morality or guilt for their actions. Their violent behaviour is contrasted by their immaturity as in between killing people they play, joke and talk about clothes. This contrast is clearly designed to be deliberately shocking but it just comes across as being in very poor taste. Even after the regular occurance of high school killings in the US the director obviously thought there was nothing wrong with glamourising gun wielding teenagers.

The two would be killers indulge in what is supposed to be witty banter but it is very poorly written and no matter how good an actress Saoirse Ronan is she cannot add any sense of realism to the plot. It's like some juvenile fantasy written by a high school teenager with no understanding of the real world. While Tarantino sets many of his movies in a fantasy world he does so with style and wit, unfortunately this mess written and directed by the novice Geoffrey Fletcher has none of those qualities.

This is a really terrible film which does little except revel in violence without any cultural or intellectual message attached. Even if your just in the mood for a daft action movie this film is so badly written and the action so poorly directed that you will still probably not enjoy it. Surely someone can find Saoirse Ronan a better role than this?
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