Middle Men forces the most conservative viewer to take a walk on the wild side. The film centers on the world of internet porn and how it came to be. Apparently two druggies (one who’s a genius), a clean cut business man, a mafia boss, and an underhanded lawyer all played a part in one of the biggest and most lucrative industries in the world. This film attempts to tell their story, and give star Luke Wilson a few legitimate dramatic scenes in the process.
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- Director: George Gallo
- Writer: George Gallo, Andy Weiss
- Actors: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan, Jacinda Barrett, Rade Serbedzija, Laura Ramsey, Kevin Pollack
- Cinematography: Lukas Ettlin
- Original Music By: Brian Tyler
Middle Men takes place in 1995 when the internet was still in its infancy stage. At the time, it didn’t have much to offer in terms of content but two men named Wayne Beering (Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Macht) changed all that. They came up with a way to get adult entertainment on the web and a business man named Jack Harris (Wilson) helped them make money off it. At the time they had no idea how big the internet would become or how much money they could earn.
- James Caan: Caan’s performance as a sleazy, out for himself lawyer was one of the most impressive things to watch in this film. He wasn’t doing his usual mobster shtick, which he’s become known for. He stepped outside the box and played a character completely engulfed with greed and white collar crime. His character is stuck up, not afraid to get his hands dirty, and has the slimy voice to match.
- The Story: The overall premise is pretty intriguing. Two simpleminded coke-heads changed the face of the most powerful tool in the world by accident and while high.
The Kind of Bad:
- Ribisi and Macht: These two guys are at the center of the story yet their characters are hard to watch. Every scene Ribisi’s in he steals the spotlight but after a while his loud and obnoxious antics grow tiresome. Both characters are drug addicts and their always going 100 miles an hour. They have no range, their always amped up, and it becomes repetitive and annoying after a while.
- The Narration: This is a prime example of a movie that takes the art of the voice over to the extreme. Wilson narrates scenes that don’t need to be narrated. There’s literally a shot of him saying he’s going to knock on a door and then he knocks on a door! That’s self explanatory. No voice over needed.
- The Timeline: The timeline set up for the film is all over the place. Within the first 10 minutes you hop from 2004 to 1997, then the late eighties and then the mid-nineties. It’s hard to keep track.
Middle Men is a decent film, Wilson delivers a solid performance but Caan walks away with some of the best scenes. It’s entertaining but nothing to write home about.
Middle Men opens in theaters on August 6, 2010.
Are you interested in seeing Middle Men this weekend?