Sunday, December 19, 2010

Holy Rollers

Release Date: May 21st, 2010

Genre: Crime / Drama

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckaser

Synopsis: A young Hasidic Jewish prospective Rabbi happens onto a drug smuggling scheme in his community and is slowly lured in by the money and lifestyle.

AltAss Ratings (On a scale of 1 to 5 asses)


A really intriguing story that is based interestingly enough in reality.  This is definitely one of those stories that is a no brainer to turn into a film.

Writing / Production:         

What should be a hard hitting and easy to sell subject matter is somehow dulled and dampened by the filmmakers.  There is not much pace and the characters just really arent that interesting. 


This is my least favorite Jesse Eisenberg picture to date and the efforts of everyone in this movie are by and large unnoticeable.  Nothing horribly awful and nothing extremely praiseworthy.


The one thing this film definitely has going for it is that this is a special story that happens to be true featuring Orthodox Jew drug smugglers and they didn't even have to make it up.


I got excited to see this picture upon discovering the unique subject matter, not to mention the super clever title, and was very disappointed that the film whiffs so badly on a ball that should have easily been knocked out of the park.  "Holy Rollers" is a film that threatens to become interesting for 90 minutes and never does.

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