30 MINUTES OR LESS – MOVIE REVIEW

[RATING: 3.5]

DIRECTOR: Ruben Fleischer

CAST & CREW: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Michael Peña, Nick Swardson, Bianca Kajlich , Fred Ward, Dilshad Vadsaria , Johnny Yong Bosch, Jordan Trovillion, Angelique Sky , Alex Rush

SYNOPSIS: In the action-comedy "30 Minutes or Less", Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With only a few hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

REVIEW: Jesse Eisenberg gets into Harold-and-Kumar mode (minus the drugs) for this raucous & hysterical roller coaster ride. At 83 minutes, this film sure ends in just about over 30 minutes and the sharp editing helps keep the octane pace. After the free-wheeling “Zombieland”, director-actor combo Ruben Fleischer and Jesse Eisenberg are back with a funny thriller farce.

Nick (Eisenberg) is an overeducated, self-loathing loser pizza delivery guy. His childhood best bud brilliantly played by Aziz Ansari, Chet, is an elementary school teacher. The ultimate ‘low’ in Nick’s dead-end job comes when he’s jumped one night by two guys in monkey masks. Dwayne (Danny McBride), the brute along with his dodo sidekick Travis (Nick Swardson) forces Nick to rob a bank for $100,000 so that he can hire a hitman (Micheal Pena) to murder his millionaire marine father (Fred Ward). If Nick refuses, the bomb strapped to his chest will explode him to bits. And all this so that Dwayne can finance his dream tanning salon that moonlights as a prostitution racket.

With a bomb on him, Nick races to the elementary school to beg Chet to be his accomplice in crime. It’s panicky and complicated for Chet who’s not quite over Nick sleeping with his twin sister. From there on it’s a laugh riot as in their terror they are surprising a good criminal duo.  

Stand-up comedian Ansari, steals the show. “It’s like, you bought a Mustang and the Mustang got AIDS”, Chet’s description (with excellent delivery) of Nick’s car. This film helps him deliver his best so far on screen. Best actor Oscar nominee Eisenberg is apt for his frenetic nervous role.

It’s a no-brainer plot but the fantastic casting, and the witty, in-your-face bold dialogues with sporadic nuttiness will keep you smiling.

VERDICT: Short, quick paced, profanity spammed & ridiculously funny.

Avneet Ghai 

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