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Katee Sackhoff, who has been in Battlestar Gallatica on television looked decent, unfortunately she wasn't in enough scenes. The other actors were so-so, the action scenes weren't too action- filled, there were no twists that you didn't see coming, and the premise was so basic and unimaginative. Also, the sound on this was really, really poor. Why make crap like this? Doesn't the movie universe have enough terrible titles that customers have to wade through without littering it with more poorly-made movies like TELL?
Someone should TELL the people behind this film that just because you can make a film, doesn't mean you should. Straight-to-video schlock like this is waste of consumers time.
I have to say that the storyline wasn't especially original, but it was done with fun and flare. The movie largely belongs to Milo Ventimiglia, who plays a thief. Katee Sackhoff plays his using, money-grubbing wife/ex-wife to a "T." I gave this a 7-star rating because all the elements came together to make this a fun movie. Parts of it were humorous, other scenes were thrilling to watch. It's not a perfect movie, and there were some missed opportunities when they didn't make more use of Sackhoff. The one scene in the entire movie that is the most memorable is towards the end when Beverly (Sackhoff) informs Tell (Ventimiglia) of a very important reason why she did what she did. The emoting and vocal delivery were perfect.
In a nutshell, the film is about a criminal (Ventimiglia) who steals money from his brother (Lee) and bank robbing partners. His wife (Sackhoff) turns on him and the film shows all the unscrupulous characters trying to get their hands on the money. It becomes painfully predictable and the action sequences are sub-par.
Like others have commented, this story is not too original. The script is weak and attempts to be funny but it's not which makes it painful to watch the actors have to utter the lines. The direction seems flat and the film suffers from jagged pacing and bad music. Overall, you would be better off spending ninety minutes of your time doing something else.
After pulling off a one million dollar heist, small-time criminal (Milo Ventimiglia) runs into problems with his wife (Katee Sackhoff), his former partner, and his parole officer, and a couple cops all plotting against him. I honestly do not know how some of these actors can bare the embarrassment of being cast in this. It seems that they were trying maybe a little too hard to be witty with humorless one-liners. I just really can't go on about this poor mess. Refund please!
The overall story was extremely predictable, I was never at the edge of my seat. I thought it was poorly directed in so much that it didn't build tension, it didn't develop the characters to create any empathy with any of them, and the whole damn thing felt a bit amateurish.
The acting was average overall. If you're even contemplating this as a dumb-but-fun action film -- don't. There's a few minutes of action, and it's appallingly bad.
To summarize, don't bother watching it. You already know what happens or will quickly get to the point where you don't care. Watching the paint peel on your home would be more entertaining than "Tell."
The story (if you can even call it that) is about a small time crook who makes a huge score when he steals a million bucks. His life falls apart when he must prevent his partner, his wife, his parole officer, and two dishonest detectives from stealing it from him.
Sound familiar? This unoriginal, contrived tale that you've seen done a billion times before is so amateurishly written that you question who in their right mind read this and actually wanted to make it. The acting, even though there are a few recognizable B faces in it, was shockingly bad. Why? Probably because the direction is just plain flat. You have to wonder if the actors were directing themselves? If I could rate this zero stars, I would have.
Writing blew, the story is so dumb and unoriginal, dialogue that is not believable or witty or clever. It story starts out bad and gets worse from there.
The acting is terrible, we're talking so terrible that you're consciously thinking about how terrible it is and not following or paying attention to much else except the terrible dialogue that they're uttering.
Whoever the clown was who directed this pos is clueless. When I looked up to see what he had previously done it didn't surprise me that he's a glorified camera assistant, gaffer etc. I got some news for you Mr. Wannabe director, you suck! You have no idea what you're doing or how to direct actors. Go back to fetching light bulbs out of a grip truck.
What producer in his right mind would spend a penny of his money or a second of his time producing BS like this film? Apparently a bunch of dummies did. You people make Roger Corman look like a genius auteur. I hope you make better choices in picking spouses/partners than you do picking films to make cause you ain't so good at that.
Gimme my money back!!!!!!!!
This movie has an excellent cast with every role having an actor you will recognize from TV or film. The performances are uniformly good and it is well shot. It just seems to be lacking something. It feels like a movie from the 1990s. The humor has a light touch and the action is well handled. Worth a watch but with that cast it could have been so much better.
I actually can't understand that so many criticize this film and claim it's so bad. Watching it would be a waste of time. It looks apparently terrible and includes some really bad acting. And also the script sucks and looks pitiful. Granted, it's not "The Shawshank Redemption" or another Oscar winning quality movie. But at least it's better than a monstrosity like "Sharknado". Because of its short duration, airy tone and smooth narrative this film is ultimately ideal as a quickie. A simple, fast film to watch just before bedtime so you can leave to dreamland in a relaxed way.
You can't ignore the fact that it all feels a bit mediocre. It isn't really miserable, but it isn't really innovative either. The acting is at times something to enjoy and suddenly you are presented with some ordinary conversations. The entire concept isn't very original but it remains fascinating due to the lighthearted storyline. It looks a lot like"A Fish Called Wanda" except that Wanda has been replaced by a girl called Beverly who isn't as erotic and sensual as the so called Wanda. Also, the humor is of a different level. Yet it's that kind of humor I usually can appreciate. Black humor with a dark, sarcastic undertone. Anyway, to my surprise I chuckled several times. "Tell" contained more humor in my opinion, than most humorous films that were released recently.
Milo Ventimiglia presents a rock-solid interpretation as the naive, dull Tell, who appears to own an excellent set of brains so he could come up with that cunning plan put. He wasn't known to me but afterwards I found out that he played an important role in "The Divide". Ultimately he's such a character you sympathize with as the plot unfolds and on the other hand you start to feel sorry for him. I wondered if that Sylvester Stallone-like lip was something he's born with or whether it was the result of the huge amount of whacks he received throughout the film. Katee Sackhoff wasn't immediately known to me either, until I checked her filmography and discovered that you could also admire her in "Riddick" (particularly certain perky body parts which are also explicitly shown in "Tell") and she also plays an important part in "Oculus" (a film I still haven't seen yet, much to my embarrassment).
Furthermore throw in two corrupt police officers, a brother in law who intends to take revenge, a probation officer of whom you don't know whether he's dead honest or not and a purse full of cash money that went up in smoke or survived the fire. All this ensured this to be an entertaining movie. A film that doesn't excel directly in originality, but at least you won't get stuck with that feeling afterwards that you could have spend your time more wisely.
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T. Williams script was inventive and solid. The pacing was good, it kept your attention throughout the movie. There were some plot twists that I didn't expect. Now that I think of it, I just enjoyed the movie without sitting in my seat saying to myself "oh, now he's going to find out..." I was in it for the escape and that's what I got.
As a slight negative, I would have liked to see the character of the wife have a little more depth. When it was required of the actress, it was found wanting.
I've see lots of movies with "critics awards" not be half as entertaining. It was a good Saturday afternoon movie.
Number 1: Whoever hired a gaffer to be the director should be banned from making films altogether. Number 2: Whoever read this script and decided to purchase it from the 'writer' (a bit TV actor from four decades ago) should stick with reading Teen Vogue. Number 3: Whoever cast Milo in the lead role of this should be demoted to craft services. Number 4: Whoever rated this film higher than 2 or 3 stars was directly involved in the film.
Yes...it really is that bad!
Yes, the plot is average but intriguing, the cinematography sharp and vibrant, the dialogue is compelling.
You actually care for some of these characters - some you hate which is also good.
The trick is to pay attention at the outset or else you get lost in the plot twists and turns. Once you're engaged, you become invested in the protagonist and pull for him to survive the various challenges.
My standard test for movies- is it compelling, is it entertaining and would I watch it again? Yes on all 3. This is good, and recommended.
Not great by any means but at least I never found myself bored as it runs on pretty fast and there are some entertaining smaller roles by Faison Love, Jason Lee and Kate Sackoff to keep the interest-levels up if Milo isn't enough.
There is a bit of plot holes but if you leave your thinking cap on the shelf and don't expect too much it's a perfectly okay time to spend 88 minutes.
The film is done in a quirky grindhouse style. It has a number of twists and seems to throw them in there just for the sake of doing so. It has good characters, including an unorthodox parole officer (Faizon Love) who also wants to know where the money is at.
This makes for a enjoyable grindhouse style rental.
Guide: F-bomb. Sex. No nudity. Some blood, killing, etc.