Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Cannonball Run (1981)

“If we were Methodists we'd have a good shot at gettin' laid”

This movie is about an illegal car race called “The Cannonball Run”. This film switches from racer to racer showing audience members why each individual wants to win and how they plan on doing it. Although showing the multiple characters, the movie focuses on J.J Mclure and his partner Victor who steal use an ambulance as a means of bypassing everyone throughout the race and getting out of trouble with the law.
It was really hard for me to get into this movie. There was no suspense, hardly any plot and because the movie kept switching focus from character to character all the time it became hard to connect to any of them since they didn’t feel properly developed. I cringed when J.J. was trying to pick up Pamela Glover by guessing her name wrong several times and resorting to calling her “Beauty”. This goes to show that having an all-star cast which included the late Farrah Fawcett, Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan and Dom DeLuise doesn’t necessarily mean that the movie is going to be good. Throughout the entire movie it seems as though none of the characters care about being ticketed by cops and even when they do get in trouble they really couldn’t give a care even if they have to go to jail or pay a hefty fine. The directors didn’t seem to try to give this movie any sort of style or realistic aspect to it. However, they did manage to throw in every typical stereotype imaginable from how females act promiscuously to get what they want to portraying how Asians, Blacks and Arabs act. The only two mildly entertaining parts of this film were the cooky doctor and the fact that Roger Moore was making fun of himself as James Bond throughout the entire movie.

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