Clay Pigeons, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Vince Vaughn, is a funny thriller about a man who just keeps getting into big messes - usually involving dead people - and the nicest serial killer on the planet. Words can't explain what this movie is like, but it's a good one.
Phoenix stars as Clay, a mechanic who just doesn't have much luck. First, his friend kills himself, and instead of reporting it to the police he ends up making it look like an accident so the cops won't pick up on the fact that Clay was sleeping with the guy's wife. Of course, Clay isn't all too happy that she doesn't care one damn bit about her husband being dead, so he leaves her; she won't leave him. That leads to a murder, which he also covers up. Then he meets Vince Vaughn, who has a dark secret of his own, and things go from there.
Clay Pigeons has a strange, twisting plot that you don't know where it will lead. In the beginning moments it seems as though it is going to be a comedy, but then again, it has suicide, murder and everything else that would lean towards something darker. Clay Pigeons treads the fine line between comedy and seriousness with ease.
The only sore point of the film is the fact that Clay continues to make poor decisions. Why doesn't he just report some of this stuff to the police? Sure, certain people may have some bad information about him, but is that really reason to not tell the police? His character just didn't make much sense at times.
Clay Pigeons, though lacking some sensibility in a few parts, if a fun... thriller? I don't know exactly what to call it, but it is funny, serious, and everything else in between.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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