Excerpt: Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a pizza guy with few long-term goals in life, and his friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) is sick of hearing about it, especially when Nick admits his interest in Chet's sister Kate. When Nick is knocked out by two guys in masks, a bomb is strapped to him and he's told that he has ten hours to rob a bank if he wants to live.
Conclusion: 30 Minutes or Less was a disaster waiting to happen, because I almost wrote it off going in. If it wasn’t for Aziz Ansari, Jesse Eisenberg, and Michael Peña, I would have completely written the film off. I am a big Nick Swardson fan and like Danny McBride, but I can only take them in small doses when they play characters like this. They are by far the weakest link even though they’re crucial to the plot.
Conclusion: '30 Minutes or Less' is an interesting, somewhat bizarre film, where the comedy is a major hit or a major miss, with little room to fall somewhere in the middle. It has its charms, and more than a few interesting ideas or scenes, but there are a few pratfalls along the way, as well. This Blu-ray release is a stunner, to be sure, meaning this may be worth a look.
Excerpt: If you’re going to appear up on pop culture, at least do your research. Michael Pena, hysterically funny as he can be in 30 Minutes or Less , butchers the infamous “Konami Code” when referencing the classic Nintendo Contra . Jesse Eisenberg’s character even gives him a pass. Maybe that’s the joke, but it’s too easy to imagine a group of people who don’t know any better trying to earn extra lives by inputting whatever garbage Pena was spewing out.
Conclusion: 30 Minutes or Less is both less funny and less exciting than it should be. That's especially disappointing as director Ruben Fleischer's follow-up to the winning Zombieland . This falls at the lower end of the summer's unusually strong R-rated comedy crop.
Excerpt: The Film Bank heist films are a mixed bag of good, bad and ugly. 30 Minutes or Less falls somewhere among the latter two. Two scoundrels, Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson), need money to pay a hit man to kill Dwayne's ex-marine father and inherit his money. The scheme they hatch is to kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest and give him 10 hours to rob a bank.
Excerpt: Take it the right way when I say that its short running time is one of the best things about 30 Minutes Or Less . Coming in at a swift 83 minutes, the movie never comes close to wearing out its welcome, a crucial factor for a movie this crude, this silly, and this reliant on keeping the audience on board with its paper-thin premise.
Excerpt: 30 Minutes Or Less could mark the unveiling of a new generation of comedy heroes who get called upon to salvage unsalvageable scripts and redeem seemingly irredeemably slim material. It’s the kind of featherweight trifle Owen Wilson might have been called upon to try to rescue six years ago. Today, Jesse Eisenberg —and to a lesser extent, Aziz Ansari , Danny McBride , and Nick Swardson —are the doomed souls cursed with trying to wring laughs from a vast comic desert.