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Lucky Break (DVD)
Member Name: richy77
Lucky Break (DVD)
Date: 06/09/01, updated on 06/09/01 (55 review reads)
Advantages: James Nesbitt
Disadvantages: Dull and boring, Predictable story, Not funny enough
Lucky Break is being advertised as the film by the Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo. I should have known before I went to see the film that it was not going to live up to the standards of that great british comedy.
Well lucky break centres around Jimmy (James Nesbitt) who is currently inn prision for a bank robbery that went wrong. He is occupanied by his long time friend Rudy (Lennie James). The pair however fell our during the crime because Jimmy tried leaving Rudy behind when things went wrong. The story revolves around Jimmys attempt to escape from the prision. He is unhappy being locked up and with the help of inmates he plots an escape. Things get interesting with the introduction of Annabel(Olivia Williams). Annabel is the anger management teacher who at first seems to hate Jimmy but the pair slowly grow to like each other. Well thats the overall plot of the movie. Not the best but it is reasonable, if not predictable. I am not going to go into any more details as it is quite obvious what happens which is one of my main problems with this movie.
As mentioned this film has been tipped as the next big british comedy since The fully Monty. Well I went to the cinema expecting to have a few laughs but left very disappointed. Apart from a few amusing moments the film was very dull. It doesnt have the storyline to rely upon so a few more laughs would have made it bearable.
The actors/actresses do a reasonable job. It is quite funny spotting some of the old British actors from other TV programmes. I spotted James Nesbitt (Cold Feet), Timothy Spall (Auf Wiedersehen), Christopher Plummer (Couldnt remember where I have seen him from!). James Nesbitt plays a very cool and calm character and is probably the best thing to come out of the film. Without him the movie would have been terrible.
I would suggest that this film is probably a rental movie rather than a cinema trip. It is hard for me to say that seeming it is a British film a
nd obviously I want British films to do well. However this film markets itself on something it is not. It is not funny and was simply boring at times.