THE PLOT THUS FAR
Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Life of Crime” is based on “The Switch” and it has loose ties to the books that inspired “Jackie Brown”. That being said, this movie sneaked up on a ton of people. We were giving away tons of tickets for the film back in August and we couldn’t get anyone to take them. Well, we gave away four passes, but the lack of interest was frustrating. I hear readers talking about how we need more low-budget movies. Movies that allow actors to act in films that aren’t popcorn cinema. Then, they talk about how much of an Elmore Leonard fan they are since they started watching “Justified”. Needless to say, it leaves me a wee bit frustrated.
Elmore Leonard is so central to understanding a lot of what comes later. We meet Melanie for the first time in this movie, plus we get to see Louis and Ordell coming together for the first time. That being said, the film wouldn’t work if you didn’t buy Jennifer Aniston at the middle of the picture. The supporting cast is great, but Aniston turns out that specific charm that works in indie cinema. Whether it’s “The Good Girl”, “Office Space” or this movie; Aniston shows that she really thrives on a low budget production. The same can be said for Will Forte who is one of the greatest actors working today. It’s a film to experience and I recommend double featuring it with “Jackie Brown”.
The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy, deleted scenes, commentary and featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong for an indie feature. The 1080p transfer seems a bit too bright and soft at times. However, the DTS-HD 5.1 track really kicks it up. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 10/28/2014