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LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER...,
This review is from: Bandits [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
This is an entertaining and quirky action comedy with a dark side in which two convicts, the cooly impulsive Joe (Bruce Willis) and the neurotic, hypochondiac, Terry (Billy Bob Thornton), break out of prison. Needing money to make their getaway complete, they return to doing that which they know best, bank robbing, while dreaming of getting enough money to open a nightclub in Mexico. Along the way, they pick up Harvey (Troy Garrity), a would be stuntman and Joe's relative, as their getway driver. They rob banks without physically harming their victims and have devised a creative way of going about the bank robberies that causes them to be dubbed the "Sleepover Bandits" by the media.
During their successful crime spree, they separate at one point. One of them ends up comandeering the car that Kate (Cate Blanchett), a bored and neglected housewife, is in, driving off with her to their rendevous point. Kate takes to this like a duck takes to water. Before you know it, she is hot and heavy with Joe. Then she is left for a time with Terry, and, before you know it, she is hot and heavy with Terry. An unusual love triangle is born. Kate also joins them in their quest for cash, as a willing participant. Just when it seems that the end is near, however, and all is lost, a twist in the turn the film takes, will take the viewer by surprise.
Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton are excellent in their respective roles. Willis is the epitome of cool under fire and totally laidback, while Thornton is wired up and almost in Rainman mode. Cate Blanchett does her best with her role, giving it her all. While her American accent is good, however, she seems a bit like a fish out of water. She is simply not ditzy enough for the role, as too much of her innate intelligence shines through. This is not her fault. She is simply miscast in the role. Patricia Arquette or someone like her without Ms. Blanchett's sharp edges would have been a much better choice. The film, while funny and entertaining, flags a bit in the final analysis, failing to be all that it could be.