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A New Wave (2007)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C-



As much as writer/director Jason Carvey tries to make his new heist comedy A New Wave fresh and entertaining, it is sadly part of a very, very old wave of Quentin Tarantino wannabes that offers the same tired characters with the same tired nicknames, watching the same ten films everyone and their grandmother has seen and still thinks it is hip.  They had better think again.


Andrew Keegan is the bank teller who becomes part of the heist of his bank, but unlike the far superior The Lookout with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he has no brain damage, though the screenplay certainly does.  He has a goofier roommate (surprise!) named Gideon (they always have less-used, even odd names, notice) and then there is the at-first-oblivious girlfriend (Lacey Chabert in this case) who roots for him to be an artist.  Throw in Dean Edwards, William Sadler and anyone else they can get and it is like Get Shorty for idiots, though Be Cool is actually worse and beat them to the punch.  Imitating Snatch badly does not help either.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image looks like it was shot in digital High Definition with detail issues and barely consistent color and definition.  None of the shots are very memorable, especially when imitating everyone else’s better films.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no real surrounds, is somewhat well recorded and has a very forgettable score.  Extras include deleted scenes of no consequence, outtakes, trailer gallery, trailer for this and a Music Video.





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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