Knockaround Guys

September 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

A bit of a ‘before-they-were-stars ensemble’ effort (Vin Diesel would never share the limelight nowadays) made before 25th Hour or xXx and as such, a pretty run of the mill mob story. It probably got made because of the backing of both Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich, and while entertaining, it’s nothing special.

The Sight & Sound

Apart from the crack of Vin’s fist against some weasel’s flesh, there’s not much here to showcase the audiovisual capabilities of the medium.

The Extras

Apart from some deleted scenes (including commentaries), the only extra worth mentioning is from writer/director team David Levien and Brian Koppelman.

The pair offer an interesting commentary full of anecdotes and the technicalities of lighting, camera angles and cinematography — everything a commentary should — and they make a very average movie seem more interesting than it is.

With its genesis in 1998 Matt Damon vehicle Rounders, Levien and Koppelman explain how the working relationships from that film put Knockaround Guys together. They talk in depth about the casting (some of their stars who were little-knowns at the time of filming) and the reasoning behind everything from the editing to the scenery.

The Worth

If you liked the movie, you’ll love the disc. If you haven’t seen it, there’s better movies around but few commentaries this thorough.

2.5 out of 5

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