The Big Bounce (2004)

GEORGE ARMITAGE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 2004.  Shangri-La Entertainment, Material, Taormina Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by George Armitage, , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  

Painfully weak adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s first crime novel after a series of westerns.   unconvincingly plays a petty criminal who is fired from his job on a Hawaiian construction sight after physically assaulting his boss. Now employed by the island’s judge () as caretaker for his slightly ratty motel, Wilson’s eyes pop out of his head when he sees a gorgeous woman (, who is not that interesting) who turns out to be the moll of the gangsterish owner () of the company he was just fired from. Foster appreciates Wilson’s advances and, in true femme fatale style, convinces him to join her in an attempt to rob her boyfriend of thousands of dollars. What he doesn’t know is that she is the classic double-crossing blonde, but he is far too lustfully attached to her to notice. The plotting is weak and the ending is dissatisfying, but what really hurts this one is a lack of intensity in the central relationship. Wilson is as breezily likable as always, but he never pulls off the flimsy morality he is supposed to have, while Foster is just downright terrible: there is no understanding how she could get anyone to open a door for her let alone put their ass on the line just to get a piece of her action. has a wonderful cameo as Sinise’s frustrated wife.

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