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A salesman's search for a rare musical instrument sets off a series of dramatic consequences.
A strange one this. It really is interesting and keeps you entertained as the story progresses. Kinnear is always good value, as is Arkin in his limited screentime, and Billy Crudup is phenomonal as the highly strung security expert with a dark side.
There are some genuinely laugh out loud moments, as well as some quite dark twists and turns. But what's the usual problem with comedy, crime thrillers and black comedies such as these? Keeping things believable and rational, and that's where this film unfortunately fails.
As the plot continues and the story begins to unravel and reveal the direction it is taking, the quality unfortunately begins to decline. The decision to introduce a sudden on-set of narration and…
There's a reason you haven't heard of Thin Ice, a caper movie starring two incredibly likeable actors, one an Oscar winner and the other an Oscar nominee, the reason is that this film is one of the very worst instances of the matchstick man conceit.
There's a back story which may go some way to explaining the horrifically obvious (and therefore treating the audience as if they're idiots) plot twists, the film played well at Sundance, the studio that purchased it hacked it up and the director asked for their name to be removed which was in turn denied; whether this is a reason or an excuse I can not say but it's such a stinker that I don't care…
Thin Ice went through a pretty rough time in order to finally get to the big screen. I was going to call it Jill Sprecher's Thin Ice, but that wouldn't be entirely accurate. Sprecher wrote the film, along with Karen Sprecher, and titled it The Convincer. She wrote it, shot it with a great cast including Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin, and did all of her fine work to get it to Sundance. Then the studio grabbed the film, cut off half an hour of it while also changing major plot details of it, cutting out entire characters and apparently even doing reshoots. Sprecher went as far as trying to get her name removed from the film, but…
Perfectly adequate little neo-noir.
Klasisks mega uzmetiena gadijuma iztirzajums. Bik boring.
Finished 4:27am this morning. Library DVD.
I liked the movie. I want to see the directors real vision of this film, not this cut-down. So do I rate it low for this shotty move or high so it draws attention to this very important topic?
Finalement, après une deuxième écoute, je trouve ce 3e opus de Jill Sprecher toujours aussi embêtant... J'aime beaucoup cette réalisatrice, et je ne retrouve pas vraiment sa marque dans ce film, bien qu'elle ait, comme toujours, écrit le scénario avec sa soeur. Un personnage centrale extrêmement antipathique, dans une trajectoire en spirale descendante parsemée de personnages plus ou moins gossants, ont rendu ce film, la première fois, plus ou moins enlevant, puis carrément chiant a regarder la deuxième fois. J'ai ressenti en très faible mesure le suspense, et on se retrouve ici un peu avec le syndrome Ocean's Twelve... c'est difficile de ne pas se sentir floué lorsque la mise-en-scène garde dans l'ombre autant de détails sur l'intrigue... De plus,…
Le iba a poner un par de estrellas largas a la mitad, después he cambiado de opinión y le he puesto tres merecidas. ¿Porque?, tendréis que ver la peli.
Guión atrevido, actuaciones notables.
Al principio parecia un "Fargo" descafeinado, después alegó su independencia como film.
Yo lo he absuelto.
Perfectly adequate little neo-noir.
Cunning con that detrimentally does not end when it should, needlessly applying an ending twist of DNA-helixlike proportions that left a sour taste in my mouth. A screenwriter should ask him/herself that if a movie works without a plot twist, then do the alterations improve it? Here the answer is a resounding NO, in fact causing me to deduct a half-star due to the resultant sheer implausibility. With that rant over, the rest of the movie is absorbing and believable with some great performances from Alan Arkin as a slightly addled loner and especially Billy Crudup as an unhinged ex-con prone to violent mood swings.
Expectations (or lack of) working in its favor exhibit B. This one took me completely by surprise, but it's a terrific little noir (even though the ending doesn't deliver the promised goods - the way say Fargo had the sack to). An everyman fucks up a little bit and keeps on going, just swabbing out the whole bowl before he's flushed permanently down the toilet. It's pathetic, loserville shenanigans with a nastily believable edge. The grasping, the dodging, the desperation are all pulled off with the simpering nice guy smile of Greg Kinnear and it makes me wish we'd gotten Dick Van Dyke's seedy side on celluloid - lord knows Fred MacMurray's was worth it - and Billy Crudup gives us a nicely unbalanced menace. This was a damn good picture that has the element of surprise going for it in my case. You? Now you've been hyped. You'll probably hate it.
“What starts out lookin' like an easy score, can turn out to be anything but simple.”
I thought I might watch this movie at some point. After all, it’s on my list. However, I wasn’t really planning on watching it now. I’d got a magazine from my video store a few months back. It’s a free magazine that promotes new rentals. I saw this movie listed as "coming soon" so I made a mental note. Then a few months went by and I thought, “Mmm, I haven’t seen ‘Thin Ice’ in the video store. What gives!?” So I found the old magazine and took it to the store and said in Japanese, “Hey, do you have this?” while…
The poster of the film says it all. Untrustworthy insurance sales man gets involved in a situation which is getting worse and worse. Who is cheating whom?
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