ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Foolproof: this film proves it's no
By Jonathan Laski
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Kristin Booth, Joris Jarsky, David Suchet
Director: William Phillips
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BACK, SWEETIE — IT TAKES A REAL MAN TO HANDLE
THIS SMOKE-BLOWING-THINGY. Ryan Reynolds plays the funnyman-come-action-hero
role in Foolproof.
At last, Hollywood has given the all-important 20-something
demographic a new action-comedy that can be enjoyed for more
than just the mindless explosions and raunchy sex jokes.
Foolproof, starring Ryan Reynolds, snuck into theatres this
past Friday amidst little hype, but certainly deserving of
more. Reynolds plays Kevin, the leader of three friends who
form a secret club in which they study how to theoretically
break into businesses and vaults. Of course, they never actually
try to pull off any heists until they are coerced into doing
so by a serious thief who has already stolen their "foolproof" plan.
Kevin and friends must now navigate pulling off the $20 million
job, while also trying to stay alive. The characters work extremely
well together in the best heist movie since the 2000 remake
of Ocean's Eleven.
Although there are no breakthrough lines, performances or
even explosions for that matter, this film moves well with
several psychological twists. While preparing for and pulling
off the robbery, the group experiences all the loyalty and
friendship dilemmas that come with any amateur million-dollar
bank robbery between friends.
What is also particularly likeable about this movie is it
is both filmed and set in Toronto and Reynolds, Booth and Jarsky,
the three lead characters, are all Canadian. To that effect,
the business district of Toronto lends itself well to the plot,
as the metropolis boasts both the underworld that cut-throat
robbers thrives in and the big money.
As for the characters, Reynolds is just as "pretty" as he
was in his last role as Van Wilder, but he does impress by
fulfilling the difficult role of playing the comedian and action-adventure
hero. Though Reynolds is the biggest name, the film's style
comes more from the supporting actors. Booth, who plays Sam
- the strong, yet sexy girl in the group of friends - is enjoyable
to watch and David Suchet is the witty and suave, yet evil,
antagonist this film needs. All of the characters prove they
have real substance and are dynamic in being both kind and
hostile - they are wicked, yet soft enough to entertain without
As Suchet's character, Leo Gillette, begins to take a liking
to Rob (the third in the heist-planning group), the plot thickens
as Rob's loyalties begin to sway. Betrayal issues are carried
through to the movie's final heist, in which the audience watches
loyalties play out and backstabbing twists resolve themselves.
Gillette has made his reputation and career on being meticulously
careful and carefully evil, but as the movie progresses and
we see the skills of the three amateur thieves, we can begin
to ask: "Has he met his match?"
While I won't give away the ending, I encourage you to see
this creative and substantive movie. The characters are solid
and the predictable explosions are bearable. Before you know
it, Foolproof will be finished and you'll be left wondering
what sort of trouble Kevin and his friends will get into next.