Foolproof Release Date: 3 October 2003 (Canada) Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime Directors: William Phillips Writers: William Phillips Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Kristin Booth, Joris Jarsky After a memorable performance as Van Vilder in the movie by the name same, I was pretty sure that the witty Ryan Reynolds was on his way to supporting […]

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Foolproof
Release Date: 3 October 2003 (Canada)
Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
Directors: William Phillips
Writers: William Phillips
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Kristin Booth, Joris Jarsky

After a memorable performance as Van Vilder in the movie by the name same, I was pretty sure that the witty Ryan Reynolds was on his way to supporting roles in very high budget movies. Hollywood didn’t seem to share the same sentiment, though, and as a result, Reynolds has gotten the shaft. Thankfully for him, the projects that have come out since Van Wilder have presented him as the above average actor that he truly is. He was the highlight of the abysmal Buying the Cow, a direct-to-video film starring Tomcat’s Jerry O’Connel. Then, he was a great middle-level character in DVD Exclusive’s Video Premiere Film of 2003, Finder’s Fee, and now comes Foolproof. Despite being financially successful in Canadian theaters, earning mostly raving reviews, this is going direct-to-video in the States. While I can’t say with certainty that I’d be willing to pay $8 to see this on the big screen, Foolproof is very suitable for home enjoyment.

It’s another heist film, arguably the 85th that DEJ has had a part in, but this one starts off a tad bit different. Ryan Reynolds, alongside two friends, has an odd hobby. They spend their spare time crafting well thought-out plans to break in, rob, and escape from various centers. That’s as far as things go, though, as they abort the plans immediately before committing the act. Once criminal mastermind Leo the Touch learns of their leisure activities, he decides to exploit them for all they’re worth by the time honored tradition of blackmail. This leads our band of misfits down Caper Comedy Road, one that’s full of interesting characters, ulterior motives, and most importantly, just great fun that’s been missing from so many movies as of late.

If anything negative can be said about the film, it’s that there’s pretty good reasoning for this not getting a U.S. theatrical release. The film looses focus at times, and while it’s not long before it gets back on track, I still have to fault it. The film’s central conflict wasn’t as developed as it could’ve been, as I never really felt disdain for Leo until he began to show his truer colors at the end. Really, that’s all I can fault Foolproof with. It’s the perfect companion piece to movies like Ocean’s 11 or the direct-to-video Stark Raving Mad.

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