Checkmate: Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr.. With Danny Glover, Vinnie Jones, Sean Astin, Mischa Barton. Six people are thrown together during an elaborate bank heist where any move can alter the outcome. Is it coincidence, or are they merely pawns in a much bigger game.
“This movie is almost worth watching just to see how ridiculously bad it is.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eEvery 3rd word or so is an F bomb. That wouldnu0026#39;t be a problem if there was some kind of reason for it or if it were in context. But itu0026#39;s not. Itu0026#39;s like the director just said u0026quot;Throw in a lot of Fu0026#39;s just to shock the vieweru0026quot;.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eCatholilc priest is a sniper hit-man. Seems totally out of context to the movie. But there doesnu0026#39;t seem to be much u0026quot;contextu0026quot; to the movie at all anyway.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eTwo guys playing high stakes chess for some kind of document that might be something like u0026quot;Immortalityu0026quot;. The u0026quot;Devilu0026quot; guy that loses the game has thugs with guns that canu0026#39;t beat a chick with a samurai sword. So after those thugs get beat up he calls on his u0026quot;back up thugsu0026quot; which consists of people in bathing suits wearing devil Halloween masks. Needless to say the devil aspect has no context to the movie either.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eChick flies a Robinson helicopter with something like a sailboat tiller in reverse. Then in another shot she has some kind of steering wheel.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSWAT team…Couple dozen cops canu0026#39;t shoot a guy standing in the open on the roof. In all fairness, that guy, with his automatic sub-gun, canu0026#39;t hit any of the cops either. Cops fail to notice the bad guy sniper on the roof, the priest sniper in the building across the street nor the bad guy getaway van with two thugs parked in plain view.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eNone of the actors seemed like they had any lines. Itu0026#39;s like some director grabbed anyone off the sound stage and said u0026quot;OK, sit here, pick up the phone and say something like u0026quot;u0026quot;Put me through to Captainu0026quot;u0026quot;…u0026quot; The incorrect grammar in my above actual line was deliberate. Itu0026#39;s the actual line.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIf the acting had been great, it would almost be like a really good parody movie, like u0026quot;Airplaneu0026quot; or u0026quot;Police Storyu0026quot; one of the Mel Brooks movies. But the acting sucked. The technical believability sucked. The continuity sucked. And the actors all looked like someone they rounded up at the last minute and offered them lunch if theyu0026#39;d be in the movie.”