The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

IN 1997, US-based cash-han­dling com­pany Loomis, Fargo & Co was robbed twice. Both heists were con­ducted by the com­pany’s very own em­ploy­ees.

Master­minds is based on the sec­ond heist, con­ducted by vault su­per­vi­sor David Scott Ghantt (Galifianakis), his mar­ried girl­friend Kelly Camp­bell (Wiig) and her friend Steve Cham­bers (Wil­son).

The crime saw the trio and their co-con­spir­a­tors rob­bing the com­pany of US$17.3 mil­lion (RM70.93 mil­lion), mak­ing it the sec­ond-largest cash rob­bery in the United States at that time.

The movie starts off by in­tro­duc­ing us to Ghantt, and gives us a look at his sup­pos­edly sim­ple and bliss­ful life.

Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wil­son and Kirsten Wiig Direc­tor: Jared Hess E-Value: 4 Act­ing: 4 Plot: 5

Like most of Galifianakis’ char­ac­ters in his pre­vi­ous movies, Ghantt is por­trayed as a sim­ple­ton that is ac­tu­ally quite smart, and pos­sesses a strong moral code.

Ini­tially, when he was ap­proached by Camp­bell and Cham­bers to con­duct the rob­bery, he turned it down. But us­ing his at­trac­tion to her to her ad­van­tage and with a lit­tle se­duc­tion, Camp­bell even­tu­ally man­ages to con­vince Ghantt to be part of the heist.

Much of the movie fol­lows the real-life events that en­sue, but of course, there are a lot of comedic el­e­ments and stretch­ing of the truth in­volved. At times, you can tell it is quite forced.

While the jokes and comedic mo­ments are funny, they aren’t of the kind you would re­mem­ber and laugh about after the movie ends. Some jokes es­sen­tially fall by the way­side, and can even come off as ter­ri­ble.

As for the ac­tors, let’s just say they did what they could to make the movie en­ter­tain­ing, which isn’t re­ally say­ing much.

Ev­ery­one ex­cept Wiig seems to have cranked the silli­ness dial of their char­ac­ters all the way up to 11, and in­stead of be­ing funny, it ends up be­ing the to­tal op­po­site.

If you have a pen­chant for inane and in­cred­i­bly silly come­dies, maybe Master­minds will work for you.

But if you pre­fer your come­dies with a smat­ter­ing of in­tel­li­gence, I’d sug­gest you stay clear of this movie. Which is quite sad, as I ac­tu­ally found the ac­tual, real-life story quite in­ter­est­ing.

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