Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson star in After the Sunset, a comedy heist film that deals out plenty of jokes but very little intrigue. Featuring Hayek in various cleavage-revealing outfits, the movie works well as an entertaining comedy but falls way in short in the suspense department. Ocean's Eleven it is not.
After the Sunset features Brosnan in one of his two most notable roles - a thief (the other being James Bond, of course). Brosnan is Max Burdett, a retired thief who's living in a tropical paradise with his girlfriend Lola (Hayek). Lola is happy with the retired lifestyle, but Max is bored - until his old nemesis, FBI Agent Stan Lloyd (Harrelson), shows up under the assumption Max is planning to steal the last of three Napoleon diamonds from a cruise ship that's in port. Max is tempted but not sold, or so it seems, but as he hits it off with his new FBI pal, a local gangster (Don Cheadle in a very unsatisfying, small and dull role) comes to Max offering to help him in his quest. On top of everything else, Lola is worried Max is more interested in the diamond than in her.
After the Sunset is funny. Harrelson and Brosnan play off each other perfectly, providing great comic performances. Max isn't all that much different from Bond (a little more disheveled, perhaps) - he's suave, funny and gets to sleep with the most beautiful girl on the island. Hayek is okay, though her character is surprisingly underutilized - well, in terms of plot. She's definitely in the movie a lot, giving every straight guy in the audience continuous treats. Let's just say she looks hot and the cameraman knew it.
As funny as it is, After the Sunset is a pretty lousy heist movie. As in all heist movies, all of the characters are always playing the game, but the heist definitely takes a back seat to the jokes. The actual heist is very disappointing and way too easy and the final few minutes, where the movie attempts to throw us some twists, really never amount to much. I was expecting one final twist at the end of the movie and didn't get it.
Go to After the Sunset expecting a comedy and Salma Hayek in wonderful outfits and you won't be disappointed - don't go expecting a clever heist movie, because it isn't one. Ocean's Eleven proved comedy and crime can be combined flawlessly; unfortunately, After the Sunset fails to deliver the package. Still, it's entertaining and funny and I'm beginning to repeat myself, so I will call this the end of the review.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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