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!Did poorly with the critics (only 27% at Rotten Tomatoes) but moderately well at the box office. A lot comes down to to the ending, where it's revealed that the plot is actually a lot more dramatic than it first appeared, the final shot renders much of the film pointless. Among its detractors, this makes the film a waste of time. Among its appreciators, it's why the film is so good.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, which is Love It or Hate It for precisely the opposite reason.
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