Starring: Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Seth Green, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper, Andrew Davoli
Directed By: Brian Koppelman and David Levien
This is not my first time having seen Knockaround Guys, and in a rare case, I think I like the film less the second time around. I think I now understand how absurd it is that Seth Green is trying to play someone who is “mob connected”. What absolutely awful casting, and I love Seth Green. Also, Barry Pepper… is guilty of being boring. Vin Diesel does a decent job actually acting, which is something we rarely get to see him do. Granted, he’s a tough guy, so it’s not as far off for him. He was better in Boiler Room and Saving Private Ryan.
It’s a B-rate mafia film, for sure. The actual story isn’t bad. Some young guys trying to prove themselves fuck up a job and have to try and fix it. That’s the core idea, anyway. Sadly, the casting is all over the place. The only person I actually liked was Vin Diesel. Even John Malkovich played his role like he knew the film was sketchy. He normally wouldn’t feel out of place as a mob villain, but he is here.
It’s been 13 years since this film hit theatres, and I can’t see a reason why anyone would go back and see this forgettable flick unless you already owned it on DVD (like I did, for some reason).
FINAL GRADE: C+