"When do we get concerned?"
Richard Messner: You said someone came up to you as an FBI agent?
Pimply Casino Employee: Yeah—
Richard Messner: And then you saw him get on the elevator wearing a security guard outfit?
Pimply Casino Employee: (stammering) Yeah?
Richard Messner: And that didn't seem odd to you?
A 2007 film, directed and written by Joe Carnahan, about the Stage Magician
, Casanova Wannabe
, and newly turned mob informant
Buddy Israel — a washed-up, bitter, narcissistic, alcoholic drug abuser — who gets a million-dollar bounty on his head courtesy of mob lord Primo Sperazza. Naturally, Hilarity Ensues
!A prequel was released
in 2010. This time, the target is Walter Weed, a lowly desk jockey at the FBI on the verge of retirement, who is informed by his bewildered superiors that a massive price has been placed on his head, on condition that he is killed at precisely 3:00AM on April 19th, the very day he retires. He is given a team of Federal Agents as bodyguards and taken to an impenetrable underground fortress disguised as a bar, while all manner of ruthless killers converge on his location. Once again, there is a twist at the end that changes the nature of the story.
Frequently compared to Shoot 'em Up
, a similarly self-indulgent action movie released around the same time.
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