Stretch (2014) Movie Retro Review by Darrin Gauthier 

Director: Joe Carnahan
Writers: Joe Carnahan (screenplay by),  Jerry Corley (story by)
Stars: Patrick Wilson,  Ed Helms,  James Badge Dale

Plot:  A hard-luck limo driver struggles to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie. He takes on a job with a crazed passenger, whose sought-after ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals.

Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes

Rotten tomatoes score: Critics 86%    Audience 64%

Why I watched it: I heard decent things about it and the trailer looked fun and crazy plus the cast is very good.

Thoughts: So this film was made for 5 million dollars and I guess it was more of a pet project for director Joe Carnahan, he shot this is 21 days.  Plus I think Chris Pine is unbilled in this.

What I liked: This film is close to vibe and feel to Joe Carnahan’s Smokin Aces, lot’s of characters, crazy crap going down and and a frantic pace.  Another thing linking the two is the mix of humor and violence, though Stretch is more of a flat out comedy.

The film is shot well and I will say they nail the tone and the pacing this film doesn’t stop very often and it keeps throwing weird and different situations at you.  For a film shot keeping and quickly it looks and sounds very good all the tech stuff is good to better than good.  You could also tell everyone was having fun on this.

This is a film where’s there’s a lot of name actors in it but most of them are in either real small roles or cameos.  The two stand outs are Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine, Pine steals the movie, to me this is the most fun I’ve see Pine have, he’s all over the place and he’s very funny and charming here plus he’s totally insane.  Wilson is the anchor of the movie he’s pretty much in every scene, I feel Wilson gets short changed cause he’s one so much genre work but he’s a very good every man, he’s likable but can handle himself and is funny as well.

This to me is a throw back film, it does remind me a bit of After Hours, crazy characters with situations getting weirder and weirder.  I like that they didn’t take the violence too far, they struck a very good balance of humor and the violence.

What I didn’t like: Some of the cameos don’t work and it does take you out of the film at times.  Also this is a film where lots of things happen and all for the best in the long run, they kind of hit the audience over the head with the themes of fate, and the ending is very cheesy and really doesn’t fit that well tonally with the rest of the film.

Final thoughts: This was just a fun film, not mindless but crazy, sit back and enjoy.

Rating: 7/10

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