Review: 30 Minutes or Less (2011)

“Sometimes fate pulls out its big ol’ cock and slaps you right in face.”

30 Minutes or Less is an American comedy film. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Danny McBride (Your Highness), Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), Nick Swardson (Just Go With It) Fred Ward (Tremors) and Michael Peña (The Lincoln Lawyer). Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) is the director.

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 volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere 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.

Off the back from a highly successful run of The Social Network, a film that gained Oscar buzz with nominations – and rightly so. Jesse Eisenberg now delivers pizza in a slackerish comedy film. Almost the case of ‘one step forward, 5 steps back’ in terms of career progression for the actor. But 30 Minutes or Less is directed by Ruben Fleischer who’s last film was surprise hit Zombieland (this film is just pure awesome if you haven’t seen it). Unfortunately, 30 Minutes or Less doesn’t carry that same magic with it.

Jesse Eisenberg is under performing in this title, we know he’s better than this. Even though its a comedy film. Eisenberg still does well even though your thinking this guy could of won an Oscar last year. I don’t think he should stay away from these types of movies but certainly needs to start picking more mature roles, otherwise he will definitely be Michael Cera.

Aziz Ansari is hilarious on the other hand. Having appeared in a fair few films, mainly small bit parts, is given a supporting chance. It is clear to see that he’s been given the best jokes and one liners, and Ansari rolls them off with no problem and in such a way it is funny – rather than just smirking at the screen. Danny McBride is playing what seems to be ‘the Seth Rogen’ role. There doesn’t appear to be any variety in the performances.

I did find 30 Minutes or Less fun and somewhat enjoyable, it was funny but disappointing at the same time. The trailer certainly shows a huge percentage of the comedy but if you want something easy to watch then you could do a lot worse than this.


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