The Big Bounce
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Owen Wilson stars in the latest adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel,
Wilson plays Jack Ryan (no, not that Jack Ryan), a cool criminal looking for a good bit of trouble. In Hawaii, he finds both a "job" and a romance that lead him deeper into the conviction that crime pays.
Mainstream critics are disappointed to see such a lackluster Leonard adaptation. But religious press critics feel robbed and offended.
"There's absolutely nothing big about this production and certainly no bounce," writes Phil Boatwright (Movie Reporter). "It's flat, crude and boring."
Eddie Turner (
Annabelle Robertson (Crosswalk) speculates, "Maybe this script went through too many rewrites—or maybe it wasn't good to begin with, because the characters are poorly drawn and the plot is virtually non-existent. Nothing happens during the first half of the film except a few petty crimes and Jack lusting after Nancy. When the action finally gets underway, we aren't sure who the real bad guy is."
Steven Isaac (
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) calls the caper "cringe-worthy." "More disconcerting than the insipid script is the film's wink-wink assertion that crime not only pays, but on occasion pays quite well. [The characters] not only literally get away with murder, but cut a very sweet profit in the process. Also troubling is the atheistic mantra, 'God is just an imaginary friend for adults,' which is repeated throughout by various characters for supposed comic effect."
J. Robert Parks (The Phantom Tollbooth) is not so troubled by the film. "A good cast and simple direction can make up for a lot of mistakes in a movie. So it is with