The Big Bounce on DVD
The Big Bounce is the kind of film that takes the same story you see in, it
seems, every second movie these days, and adds a great cast, breathtaking locations,
and a beautiful girl to make it watchable.
Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) is a retired con man enjoying his mediocre life in
Hawaii. He has a regular Joe job and likes regular Joe entertainment like ogling
the ladies on the beach.
But when a lovely young lady in a bikini approaches him and makes a proposition
he cant refuse, hes thrust back into the life he thought he was
As is the case with any movie in the genre, theres a huge cast of characters,
and you never know whos conning whom and whos on whose side.
But everybody wants the prize, and theyre all willing to do just about
anything to get it. And since Jack doesnt have the resources that the
bad guys do, hell have to use his wits to outsmart them.
You cant complain about a cast that features Wilson, Morgan Freeman,
Gary Sinise, Vinnie Jones, Charlie Sheen, Bebe Neuwirth, and newcomer Sara Foster
showing off her assets. You can, however, argue the fact that half the impressive
cast appears for what seems like a few seconds. It quickly becomes clear that
the ensemble cast was most likely brought together to draw attention away from
the fact that the movie itself is about as mediocre as they come. Honestly though,
who doesnt love Morgan Freeman and Charlie Sheen?
Sure, the Hawaiian landscapes are gorgeous, but considering Elmore Leonards
novel was originally set in Cincinnati, it seems like an excuse for the filmmakers
to get a free vacation while shooting the movie. But we guess we can understand
where theyre coming from.
The movie features plenty of twists and turns in the tradition of most con
man-conning-other-con men flicks, but having seen Oceans
Eleven, The Score, Heist,
and numerous others, they just arent all that surprising anymore.
But if youve run out of popcorn entertainment, The Big Bounce delivers
the bare necessities. You can, however, do a lot better. And even with its cast,
The Big Bounce failed to garner any box office success (in a nutshell: it bombed,
The DVD presentation is pretty standard, featuring (much like the movie) the
bare necessities and not much more. Picture is shown in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen,
and is breathtaking. The scenery is chock full of good-looking stuff, with rich,
bright colors and stunning detail. Theres no grain or dust, and Sara Fosters
skin always looks good (whether youre talking about picture quality or
Audio is the typical Dolby Digital 5.1, and the front channels are used very
effectively. Ultimately, the surrounds dont have much to do other than
the occasional crash of waves.
Extras include a short behind-the-scenes featurette that spotlights the usual
cast and crew interviews with clips from the film, but isnt really anything
but an extended commercial. There is also a short featurette on surfing in Hawaii
that isnt nearly as exciting as it should have been, some stunt surfer
outtakes, and the trailer.
The Big Bounce, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
88 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Sara Foster and Charlie Sheen
Produced by Steve Bing, Jorge Saralegui
Screenplay by Sebastian Gutierrez, Directed by George Armitage
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