This is about the best you can get! Although I am not a crook, I was rooting for the bad guys in this movie which you have to do in order to enjoy it! I laughed so hard, and was excited the whole way through. Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thorton are outstanding actors, and do a great job in this movie. Filming in my home state of Oregon, their are great locations throughout this film! After escaping from Oregon State Penitentiary, they have quite a fun-filled journey to Portland, and then make their way south through Oregon towards my home in Southern Oregon. The one thing that comes between <more>
them is a woman! Still, they find their way through it somehow, and the ending is the BEST and most surprising I have ever seen!Best of all, it was filmed in my home state of Oregon except for the end. Anyway, this movie is excellent, well done, VERY funny, and has a VERY surprising end. I would recommend it to anybody with a good sense of humor. I give it an A+, and on the 1-10 scale, a 10!
there are movies when you don't want them to end. you want to sit in the cinema, not leaving, you want the story to be endless, to go on for another hour.the first time when i felt this way was when we checked out Human Traffic. Bandits did the same to me. Billy Bob stole the show, i laughed my head off.
Truly fun film (by caa821)
We often wax on and on about films -- usually justified in doing so, and can enjoy comparing our analyses with others, debating with those who loved a film we hated, or vice versa, etc., etc.But sometimes I just enjoy letting friends know about films I'd recommend to them which are funny or amusing or clever or just plain enjoyable.So in commenting on this picture, I would only say it's all of these.The story is fun, the performances outstanding, and the chemistry among the three leads is tremendous - both as a unit and in any of the three possible combinations of two of them <more>
together.All three provide outstanding performances, as well as the entire supporting cast. And if you regard this performance by Billy Bob Thornton, compared with his in "Bad Santa" and "Sling Blade" - and think for a moment of these three diverse characters - can there be any doubt that this man is as fine an actor as one is likely to encounter?
If you like your comedy explained and in-your-face, this one is not for you. (by Herbalicious_690)
If you like your comedy fully explained and in-your-face, this one is not for you. If you appreciate deeper levels of subtlety and are prepared to suspend hard-nosed reality for the duration, you will love this one. Reminds me of Cohen Bros movies. If you are prepared to relax into it and let the movie take you where IT goes, you are in for a good ride. For those that want to predict a movie and try and show some perceived level of intellectual superiority by telling the person next to them what is about to happen just before it happens yes - we know they exist , I would hazard a guess that <more>
you will not enjoy this movie. Having said that, I found the movie beautiful in the detail. This is not about grandiose plot, high speed chases and super cool cunning people. This is accidental and bumbling happenstance where random events are delightfully used. Truck, garage door etc. I carried with me the finer and more easily lost details of each character and I found they surprised me and delighted me with often times whimsical twists and subtle growth/support. I didn't find any huge character surprises or character twists, just good solid development, the kind where you can leave your opinions open to the end. Times like the late night rendezvous at the juke box joint and what happens when Bob tries to dance. Perfect. I walked out with a smile on my face, well amused and very much liking the attention to detail in character, shots, lighting, soundtrack etc. Not edge of the seat, sit back and relax.Nice one.
I Think this is the first movie I saw starring Cate Blanchett, since Bandits I watched every single movie with this wonderful actress . She is just brilliant, hilarious, beautiful, charismatic : she IS the perfect actress! When you put Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton beside her, and Barry Levinson who directs her ... It's a magical reaction on the screen !!! If you're searching for a good comedy, a breathless thriller, a well done action film, Bandits is for you, because it mixes all those movies in a single one, and it's impossible to resist when there's such a great cast <more>
in front of you. It deserves its Golden Globe Nominations !
i cant believe this movie to be a box office flop. i mean what was bad in it? it was such a good entertaining movie. forget about the faults,cause they are not worth to be counted . a bit slow in some places,but the funny scenes were really funny,and i really laughed. it was obviously a worth movie. n trust me don't believe on those comments who say that this movie is a bore.... i recommend it anyone who would like to watch a real entertainer. Bruce and Bob were awesome. though i was expecting a different kind of end,but still its good. Bruce willies proves once again that he deserves to <more>
be called a superstar ,though bob steals the show. he was simply superb. though i only write comments about bad movies but i could not resist ,cause there had been a lot of bad comments about this movie. this movie deserves a lot better rating.
Energetic, romantic fun. Works wonderfully. ***1/2 out of four (by Movie-12)
BANDITS / 2001 ***1/2 out of four Barry Levinson's clever romantic comedy Bandits makes stealing money look fun and simple. I can see it now: young, influential criminals holding up entire banks with magic markers. Certain things in this movie make such perfect sense, we wonder why nobody's thought of them before. Even the casting makes perfect sense. Who better to play a handsome, spontaneous ladies man than Bruce Willis? And who could portray an intelligent, hypochondriac better than Billy Bob Thornton? Together, these two characters make the perfect man. Of course, it's only <more>
a matter of time before a woman becomes involved and finds herself split between the two. But Bandits is anything but your average run-of-the-mill romantic comedy. Willis and Thornton play Joe Blake and Terry Collins, two criminals in a high security prison. As the movie opens, they escape from prison in such a way that probably makes the other prisoners hit themselves on the head and ask "Why didn't I think of that?"Just as soon as they switch getaway cars, Joe and Terry rob a bank to finance their upcoming adventures. After hooking up with an old friend of Joe's, a wannabe stuntman played by Troy Garity, the criminals devise a foolproof plan to rob banks: they take the bank manager hostage the night before a heist, sleep over at his house, then go into the bank with him the next morning before business hours. No unexpected holdups. No complications. Just take the money and leave before the first customer arrives. The Joe and Terry dream of escaping to a tropical location and opening a margarita bar. Their success as bank robbers eventually puts them at the top of the FBI's most wanted list. Things become even more complicated when Kate Wheeler Cate Blanchett runs into one of the crooks and wants to become a part of their lifestyle. When she falls in love with both men, the situation really starts to heat up. Oscar-winner Barry Levinsion gives Bandits a humble sense of reality. He doesn't place Joe and Terry on a pedestal and treat them like superheroes; he actually opens the film revealing their presumed demise. Although in interviews he explains that he was initially unsure how to handle the material, his uncertainty does not show in the final production. He has found the perfect blend of romance, action, and comedy to satisfy all tastes and styles. Bandits opens with a bookend revealing parts of the film's finale. This doesn't really work. Normally, this technique is used when a movie is more about a journey than what actually happens at the end. Although Bandits is indeed more about a journey, the movie's structure does not support such an opening. It doesn't provide us with enough information to work effectively, and, after a final twist at the very end, this technique seems pointless since it doesn't reveal the actual ending, anyway. Nonetheless, Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett deliver fine performances, forming a charismatic, unlikely love triangle. Troy Garity, gleeful and eccentric, steals all of his scenes in memorable supporting role. Despite the various structural flaws, the cast alone is enough to redeem Bandits as an above average comic adventure. It's one of the year's most fun surprises.
Bandits is a movie to inspire young people everywhere that bank robbery is romantic, harmless fun. For a good time, simply rob some banks. It is okay, as long as no one gets hurt and you have a sense of humor about it. For a well adjusted viewer, it is light entertainment with subtle slapstick and wry humor.
Loved it!! (by xsophietaylorx)
I really enjoyed watching this film, I love the unusual story & great comedy through out. Bruce and Billy are great in it. 'Bandits' is a really entertaining funny film that you could watch over and over again!! Definitely would recommend for anyone looking for something funny and exiting to watch. Bandits doesn't deserve the low rating it has been gave on IMDb I think it definitely deserves a strong 7/8 rating personally think it is a really good film!! Finally I think this film has something for everyone really the soundtrack Is also really good love U2 beautiful day a <more>
personal favourite. Definitely go and watch It you won't be disappointed