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Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Ken Marino, Jason Sudeikis, Jon Daly, Devin Ratray, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones

OUR RATING: ★★½

Story: Action comedy based on true events directed by Jared Hess, the story follows David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis), a night guard at an armored car company who lives a monotonous life transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.

Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with millions in cash. However, he foolishly hands the money over to the group who double-cross him and set him up to take the fall, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.

Verdict: This loosely true based movie had such a great cast that I had high hopes for it, but it sadly really misses. I think what may have happened here is that the story sounded great on paper, but once it was finally made for the screen something along the way got lost in translation. I can’t say it was a complete loss, it definitely had some funny moments and I really feel the cast probably did the best they could have with the material they were given. In the end though the fact that this movie was sat on the shelf for over a year before being finally released says a lot as to how the filmmakers were feeling about this movie. Overall we have a great cast with a mediocre story and a few laughs.

 

Best Quotes    (Total Quotes: 14)


 

David Ghantt: [voice over] My name is David Ghantt, I always felt I was destined for a life of adventure. Then one day I met Miss Kelly Campbell.


 

Beryl: There he is. The man of your dreams.
Jandice: It’s like you’re marrying both of us, David. Me and mama.


 

Kelly Campbell: What would you do with a million dollars?
David Ghantt: Probably start my own business, maybe be a bounty hunter.
Kelly Campbell: Nice.


 

[after he puts a loaded gun into the back of his trousers and the gun goes off]
David Ghantt: Oh, that  burns!
Kelly Campbell: Oh, my gosh, David! Let me see!
David Ghantt: Oh, God!
[as she looks at his buttocks]
Kelly Campbell: I think that bullet just went straight between your cheeks.
David Ghantt: Yeah, it feels like it just grazed my biscuits right there betwixt them.
Kelly Campbell: Right down the middle.


 

Steve Chambers: Kelly tells me you all work together over at Loomis. That strikes me as an incredible opportunity.
David Ghantt: You talking about robbing a bank?
Steve Chambers: How hard can it be? You load up a truck and you drive away.


 

David Ghantt: Dear merciful Lord, it’s me, uh, David.
[watching Ghantt from his car]
Steve Chambers: Is he praying?
David Ghantt: Forgive me for stealing all this loot.
Steve Chambers: He’s praying.
David Ghantt: I promise I’m gonna do something noble with it, like opening a teen camp, or at risk horses.
Steve Chambers: He’s so lame.


 

News Reporter: Police are calling one of the largest cash heists ever. Authorities are searching now for this man.
[showing a photo of David]


 

Detective: Seventeen million missing.
[holding up a picture of David]
Detective: Look at him, he looks like Kenny Rogers and Kenny Loggins had a lovechild, and then Kenny G he just showed up to the birthday party and started playing a flute and messed this boy up.


 

Steve Chambers: It’s time to cut David Ghantt from the team.
Kelly Campbell: We can’t do this, this is wrong!


 

[sat with Chambers, his wife and two young sons]
Mike McKinney: So, who do y’all want me to kill?
Steve Chambers: Who. Not now. Not in front of…
[nods his head towards his sons]
Mike McKinney: [whispers] Oh, is it one of them?
Steve Chambers: No.
Michelle: Boys, go upstairs right now.
[the boys leave]
Mike McKinney: See you all in a little bit.


 

David Ghantt: Steve Chambers double-crossed me.


 

[Kelly is locked up in the garage]
Kelly Campbell: David?
David Ghantt: Yeah, right here, sugar bush. Okay, don’t worry about a thing.
[he punches through the door, breaks a whole through it and hits Kelly in the stomach]
David Ghantt: Lord, that’s a cheap door.
Kelly Campbell: You gotta give me a three count next time.
[suddenly David bursts in through the door and lands on to Kelly]


 

[driving towards a metal gate in an expensive car]
David Ghantt: Brace your boobies.
Kelly Campbell: What?
David Ghantt: Sometimes the only way out is through.
Kelly Campbell: No, no, no, no!
[Ghantt goes straight into the gate, which doesn’t open, and destroys the front of the car]


 

Detective: Katie Candy Cane, is she a stripper?


Total Quotes: 14

 

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