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In Security (2013) 2014

2.9 out of 5 stars (10) IMDb 5.2/10

Ethan Embry (Can't Hardly Wait, Empire Records) and Michael Gladis (Mad Men) star as Kevin and Bruce, best friends and co-owners of a failing home security company in a town with no crime.

Starring:
Ethan Embry, Michael Gladis
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Adam Beamer, Evan Beamer
Starring Ethan Embry, Michael Gladis
Supporting actors Clea DuVall, Cary Elwes, Adam Arkin, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Morales, Jim O'Heir, George Wyner, Ed Begley Jr., Amy Aquino, Alan Arkin, Vinnie Jones, Daniel Aldema, Brian Scannell, Edgar L. Davis, Adam Bartley, Heath Cullens, Tom Hornof, Dennis Dion
Studio Solo Media
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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It is very rare that we sit down for a family movie night and do not finish a film. Watching this film was one of those occasions. We all cuddled up on the sofa anticipating a light hearted crime caper.

However the gags were painful, the pace oddly mistimed and the actors very disappointing; and as for the plot - it was not quite the 'finest'.

I wish I could say more, but we abandoned the film after 30 minutes or so. We have tried to go back a couple of times, thinking maybe we have been unfair - but we have never managed to get beyond 45 minutes.

Frankly not one to waste your time on.
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‘In Security’ (aka ‘Armed Response’) is about two guys who own a home security firm which is slowly failing. Therefore, they hit upon the idea of robbing houses in the area in order to boost their business. It’s a simple enough premise and in works... to some extent.

Okay, so it’s never going to be a classic, but it has its strong points, namely the two main guys play off each other well and are a believable pair of ‘normal’ blokes. The story is also solid and has a lot of potential and you may be forgiven for thinking that this is going to be a comedy. It has all the makings of one, but, somewhere along the line, it was like the writers never bothered to include any actual jokes.

I watched the whole film without laughing once. The first half may raise the odd half-smile, but that’s about as close as you’re going to get to any hilarity (in fact... during the first half there was a bit that actually made me jump – something that doesn’t even happen when I watch horror movies!). But, like I said, the story rolls along and, despite the lack of humour, it’s still entertaining.

Then, in the second half, things lose all hints of comedy and actually get quite dark (think murder and torture). We’re introduced to quite a nasty villain, but, if you saw either Ving Rhames or Vinnie Jones’ names in the cast list – don’t go expecting them to burst onto the set and save the day. Their addition amounts to little more than extended cameos.

By the time I got to the end of the film I’d forgotten that the whole thing was actually told by one of the guys in a bar. This all seemed a bit pointless by this time as it’s never mentioned during the film’s runtime. However, I didn’t feel like I’d wasted my time watching the film. It’s an enjoyable enough little film, just don’t go expecting too many laughs and be prepared for when it goes dark about half way through.
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In Security is a pretty decent first time directing effort and a "straight to streaming" type of release. Now, these can turn out to be absolute gems. In Security has a good set up idea (failing home security company owners burgle people to drum up business until they steal from someone they really should not have). It also has solid, professional acting from the two main characters, as well as an excellent turn by a calmly-unhinged baddie (he is Bond material!). These things drag it up to to 3 stars, and make it a film I'd still recommend (for a night when you can't find anything better and feel like something vaguely comedic but dramatic at the same time).

What heavily drags it into the 2 star category is that somehow it's just not a good enough comedy - it was amusing but I wasn't laughing. No jokes or gags were outstandingly funny, and in fact a couple of scenes were totally weird and unnecessary, such as someone punching a pregnant woman's stomach and a conversation about not hitting women. It also can't strike an even tone and lurches from a film you feel safe watching with kids, to some shockingly incongruous violence. In addition, I just really did not get the ending (it's filmed as a "let me tell you what happened to me once" story), which is slightly infuriating. Clearly I'm missing some thread that the directors thought unravels what we're supposed to think really happened? I am baffled how they got that through script drafts. Finally, there are several odd cameos by very high calibre actors which add absolutely nothing. If the film made a bit more sense they would have been cool little distractions. As it is, they only add to the confusion and the awkward feeling that things haven't been thought out as well as they should have been.
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This was a good film to watch whilst drunk. Plentu of funny parts. Shame I can't remember the end.
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gave up after half an hour: just not worth pursuing.
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