A Slow Crime Day
Ordell (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes) are small time criminals with a major plan, to kidnap Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston) the trophy wife of Frank (Tim Robbins) a real-estate developer who has made his fortune with some under handling dealings. But what Ordell and Louis weren't expecting that when they got in touch with Frank to demand $1 million ransom that he has no intention to pay for her safe return as he was secretly planning on divorcing her anyway.
"Life of Crime" has a major problem, and that is quite simply that on paper this looks like one sort of movie, a big laugh comedy. That comes from not only the humorous set up of a husband not wanting his wife back from being kidnapped but also from the casting with the likes of Jennifer Anniston, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins all suggesting that this is going to be a regular sort of comedy with mass appeal. But the movie isn't that way the humour is a lot more subtle and a lot of focus is on the period, 70s styling.
The thing is that I know there will be some who really enjoy "Life of Crime" because of it being not the usual sort of big laugh comedy that many will probably expect. And in truth it is a well made movie with nice performances, plenty of style and yes some subtle dark humour. But even then it still doesn't feel like a movie which is overly memorable and the sort of movie which even if it is entertaining never reaches the point of being a movie you want to watch again.
What this all boils down to is that "Life of Crime" didn't do it for me with a case of the style of humour in it not being what I expected or what I enjoyed. But I am sure those who enjoy more subtle comedies will probably find it a lot more entertaining.