by Mica Wilhite
The tagline “based on a true story” is not part of the advertising campaign for “Masterminds,” but it could be. The film tells the story of the October 4, 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, which at that time, was the second-largest cash robbery in U.S. history. The history of the heist is written as a law enforcement success with all of the main players found, pleading guilty and spending time in prison. In fact, though, the prison sentences were only a few years long and $2 million of the stolen money has not been found yet.
Jared Hess, one-half of “Jared and Jerusha Hess” American filmmaking duo, directs this silly hillbilly story twelve years after the incredibly successful “Napoleon Dynamite” that has since achieved cult-status in cinematic history. Again championing the underdog, the real-life David Ghantt, played by Zach Galifianakis is described as “sweet” and “a good person” but is double-crossed after the robbery by his partners in crime, Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and Kelly Campbell (Kristin Wiig).
The film has not been critically successful, but it is cinematically with a Saturday Night Live comicalness, no doubt brought to the project by one of the film’s producers, Lorne Michaels, and SNL Hillary-impersonator, Kate McKinnon, who plays the jilted bride Jandice.
Some not to miss aspects of the movie are all the 1990s costumes that include plenty of hoop earrings, Reeboks, denim shirts, and of course, “Mom jeans.” There may also be a fearless Galifianakis gastronomic scene that is reminiscent of the old TV reality series, Fear Factor.
“Masterminds” is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for crudeness and violence. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. Daydream about how you would spend $2 million, then go see “Masterminds” to learn how you might go about stealing it.
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