Anchor Bay Films | Release Date: July 12, 2013
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ThegodfathersonNov 12, 2013
Director Wayne Kramer once tried to make an insanely over-the-top action movie, Running Scared (also starring Walker), which many admired for its sheer over-the-topness. But then Kramer detoured for the completely earnest (and awful)Director Wayne Kramer once tried to make an insanely over-the-top action movie, Running Scared (also starring Walker), which many admired for its sheer over-the-topness. But then Kramer detoured for the completely earnest (and awful) immigration drama Crossing Over, which proves a point: Kramer isn't going over the top for any honest, organic reason but rather as a cold, calculated exercise. It's the same with PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES, though this time he and screenwriter Adam Minarovich very obviously draw their empty inspiration from Pulp Fiction. So the movie is crazy and agitated and loud and full of left turns and, yes, over-the-top but these things don't add up to anything that could be called a good movie. There are a couple of shock-based laughs early on, but then the laughs dry up, as do the thrills and the tingles. It's just horrifying and soul-deadening. All of that said, D'Onofrio gives a very interesting performance as the slightly befuddled pawn shop proprietor. Expand
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deftaraulJul 20, 2013
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Despite critics reviews, the movie totally makes sense. It's all about perspective. The main idea is that one cannot go out of his boundaries and what life gives him is what he deserves. The psycho-husband who wants justice all for his own benefit, ends tragically, killed by his own goal. The greedy ones, impersonated by meth-addicts, get killed by their aim having all, ignoring the consequences of their acts. And "The King", left alone and dumped by his own material life, leaves himself in the hands of faith the moralizing end. The purpose of this movie is to scream out loud that some things must be left how they are. All those philosophic ideas, mixed-up with a great cast, create maybe one of the greatest stories of this decade. A bit sloppy here and there, but hey, you can't please everybody as well as nobody can be pleased enough. (I'm really sorry for my bad English, it's not my native language and I have a hard time learning it) Expand
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RevRonAug 7, 2013
The critics hated it but I dug it. I liked the cast, the disturbing and very strange story and the character, despite being awful, terrible people, were entertaining in their own, unique way. And how often are you going to see pretty boyThe critics hated it but I dug it. I liked the cast, the disturbing and very strange story and the character, despite being awful, terrible people, were entertaining in their own, unique way. And how often are you going to see pretty boy Paul Walker as a racist moron? Expand
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geedupFeb 6, 2014
TARENTINO storytelling, mirroring Pulp Fiction in every way except for originality. If you like Pulp Fiction, watching this will drive you mad as you will notice/recognize key elements brazenly ripped off. It strings together seeminglyTARENTINO storytelling, mirroring Pulp Fiction in every way except for originality. If you like Pulp Fiction, watching this will drive you mad as you will notice/recognize key elements brazenly ripped off. It strings together seemingly unconnnected storylines into a story. Just as Pulp Fiction, in this some of the storylines more interesting than others-certainly more humorous. Walker was good but his appearance short. Unfortunatly Frasier seems to get most of the play in the 2nd half of the movie which makes this movie even worse. Expand
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