(18) Running time: 100 minutes
Director: Uwe Boll
Writers: Uwe Boll, Bryan C. Knight
Starring: Dave Foley, Verne Troyer, Zack Ward
Reviewed by: Matt Wavish, official HCF critic
Uwe Boll has actually made an above average film. I think this is his first attempt at a proper comedy (i say proper because all his so-called serious films are so bad they’re funny, sorry ). Again, he’s trying so hard to be a bad boy living on the edge, and i think he needs to be careful he doesn’t take things too far now. I mean, taking the piss out of 9/11 isn’t really a good idea. However, i have to say, parts of this did make me laugh out loud. It starts with 2 terrorists about to crash one of the planes, and they’re arguing over how many virgins they will get for being Martyrs, so they ring Osama Bin Laden (or, Osi i think they call him for short) and he tells them he can only guarantee 20 virgins between the 2 men. So they argue and decide not to crash the plane and go to the Bahamas instead, the passengers break into the cockpit and they all wrestle for the controls, and this causes the plane to crash. Thats pretty much what this comedy is like. George Bush is best friends with Bin Laden, who calls him in tears and asks for a helicopter to get him away from a gunfight.
The plot is a recently laid off guy gets another job with this dodgy character who wants him to come up with a plan to steal these teddies from somewhere as they’re selling on ebay for something like 20 grand each. So, when they go to steal them, they run into The Taliban who plan to get them too. It is silly, in parts actually quite cleverly written too. Its not great, but Uwe Boll could have found his genre that he’s good at.