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British comedy written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. The story follows frustrated Albuquerque cops Terry (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bob (Michael Peña) as they attempt to take the law into their own hands. When the rogue duo discover a group of shady individuals are gathering in town for a big heist, they decide to keep the information from their under-pressure police chief and work the case for their own benefit. Having to fraternise with the kind of characters they're more used to locking up, they come across a host of ex-cons and lowlifes more than eager to help them reach their goal. But as the pair delve deeper into the New Mexico underworld, they soon realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew.
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The jokes are thick and fast in this brilliantly directed film. The two cops (Terry and Bob) are a corrupt bad-cop / mad-cop duo, one is a drinker who mashes his partner's car in such a ridiculous and unthinkable fashion you can't help but laugh. They get away with it most of the time but keep being called into the boss' office. I laughed out loud at the fast paced humour. Some of it is dark, but if you like this sort of humour you will love it. Superbly shot action and chase sequences.
Terry's hang-dog hunched walk says it all . . . he just doesn't care. He sits with a slouch akin to James Dean in the office chair whilst getting a warning with his boss. From his sparse house to his recklessness he is fabulous and hilarious. Many times Alexander's voice sounds just like his Dad, which brought a slick seriousness to some scenes. Violence is present throughout. Alexander's character has a signature one punch KO which he uses plenty of times. There were so many great scenes . . outside the Mosque, the dancing at Terry's (Alexander) house, the 'blue lagoon' jokes, the tyre shredding chases, the time-lapse drinking in the bar.
The casting was great with some perfect characters. Caleb Landry Jones as the twitchy, retro dressed employee. Theo James' debauchery as the big baddy adds to the action and . . . he is great to look at in an almost gratuitous scene of him without his shirt on ;) . However when Theo's fate is sealed as the final dark twist of the plot is revealed, you root for Terry and Bob to do it justice, putting aside stupidity and corruption.
Michael Pena is being a great Dad, but swears at and with his kids in a shocking 'bad parent' manner. It reminded me of the scenes in 'Talladega nights' with the family at the table hurling abuse at one another. He has a running challenge of intelligent quotes with his wife which juxtaposes the awful language they permit to be used in their house. One of the son's says "why do you always pick on me?". Michael answers "because you are the youngest and most vulnerable" which says it all.
Michael and Alexander form an obviously trusting, yet lawless duo, akin to a scandalous Starsky and Hutch (in the remake with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson). They chase a perp into the toilets then the trio are chatting s*** taking drugs like old friends. The stupidity of it is brilliant.
There is an excellent use of light and colour to set the moods, with the cold and grey of Iceland contrasting against their usual bright and warm toned Albuquerque. Reggie's purple suit in Iceland. Birdwell's colour co-ordinating outfits. The red of Theo's shirt in the final stand-off.
A real all-rounder film which I am going to buy so I can re-live the gags over and over. They need to do a sequel or a prequel and keep this duo together. Loved it!!
The time-lapse scene of one of them getting drunk in a bar was a very effective piece of filming to my uneducated eye.
Clever and funny, this is definitely worth a watch.
Also, the trailer has little to do with the film itself.
I usually finish films and quite liked Calvary by the same director, but I didn't finish this one.