Owen Wilson, Charlie Sheen, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise and Sara Foster star in the crime comedy The Big Bounce, a remake of the 1969 film of the same name. If bounce is supposed to refer to heist, then the title should be classified as deceptive marketing.
Wilson stars as Jack Ryan (no, not the Jack Ryan from the Tom Clancy books and novels), a nice but morally questionable man who doesn't mind stealing in the least. That's a good thing, though, because he meets Nancy (Foster), a girl who gets turned on by thrill-related activities such as robbing people. They hit it off, but is she just playing him to get to her boyfriend's money?
Honestly, I don't really know what the plot of the movie is, as it never comes together into anything remotely interesting. The movie has a few good jokes, mainly thanks to Wilson, and lots of shots of the beautiful Foster in a bathing suit or less, though, since the movie is only rated PG-13, very little is shown. Other than that, The Big Bounce is a mightily disappointing film, a heist flick with no heist. It isn't as bad as it is vacant, a place where these established actors have gone to for vacation and somehow wound up in a dull flop of a movie.
Wilson is decent enough, as his sarcastic drawl works as effectively as it does in many movie. The script doesn't even come close to capitalizing on his capabilities, but then again, it doesn't for any of the actors involved. I've been disappointed with Freeman's choice of films as of late, but it is most sad to see Sheen, once a leading man, shoved into such a minor and boring role as he has here.
The Big Bounce really is a film about nothing. If you're looking for comedy, there are a few jokes but nothing to fill an hour and a half. If you're looking for a heist, look somewhere else, because The Big Bounce fails miserably. The movie does have some redeeming value, but not enough to make it worth it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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