THE BIG EGO - NAPOLEON COMPLEX PRODUCER
, 22 Nov 2012
Its the famously troubled Robert Fucilla production, The Big I Ams turn to come under the microscope. Now would we review it in the same light had we not read this article? Id stumbled upon the article when looking for a review for The Big I Am, unusually, before Id even seen it. Said article acts in the same way a friend of mine does who produces rap records. Before hell press play, hell come at you from every angle pre-empting every criticism and hell proceed to give you your opinion before youve even had a chance to form it. No matter how you view or listen to it, youve already heard the excuses that you have to take into account rather than just enjoy it as a song or a film. So like I aim to do in future, Ill avoid reading articles in advance and Ill tell my rapping friend to just shut up and press play. Background info may just be the killer of an informed and honest interview. Things have been published about this film that rarely come to light in the public arena and it plays out like a nightmare. One-time Hollywood Hot-Shot, Michael Madsen (FREE WILLY) is painted as a difficult lunatic and Phil Davis as a moaner. Its so obvious on viewing, that Robert Fucilla (SHANK) added his Zelig like scenes to little effect to justify his production credit. As viewers do we need this info? Its certainly difficult to switch off and watch this as a movie. Anyway, read the article to expand on the story. Or watch The Big I Am first.
Leo Gregory (THE HOOLIGAN FACTORY) plays a low level criminal, Mickey Skinner who owes a lot of money to another local crim, Milo, played by Matthew Harvey (ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN). Whilst on the run from a botched break in, he steals a car that happens to have big time crime lord, Barber (VINCENT REGAN LOCKOUT) tied up in the boot. He has essentially ruined a coup by rival Stubbs (PHIL DAVIS JUST FOR THE RECORD). Skinner and Barber forge a tenuous bond because the latter can see the formers hunger. Barber pays Skinners debts if hell look after his affairs whilst he gets put in prison over a crucial 24 hour period. Robert Fucilla casts himself as Barbers lead lieutenant, who is at Skinners disposal. Whilst, Barber is in jail, local club owner Martell (MICHEAL MADSEN) teams up with Barbers treacherous femme fatale, Liza (BEATRICE ROSEN 2012) to steal the contents of his safe. Skinner rises to the task of solving his own problems with Milo, keep Stubbs at bay, seduce Barbers girl and almost fails to rumble Martells plan. So far so convoluted. The running time is also padded out like I said with half a dozen dumb and pointless scenes for Fucillas own vanity. Theyd stick out like a sore thumb anyway, even without knowing what we know.
The film shambles on competently enough, but it despite a bit of plot chicanery The Big I Am is just another gangster film. Theres no smart dialogue no sympathetic characters. We dont really get a feel for Skinner to cheer him one when he begins to get used his masters shoes. Its probably a career worst for Vincent Regan who just has to snarl the word c*nt a lot. Michael Madsen does his aw-shucks shy routine, but its looking tired now. Hes definitely the worst thing about this movie. Although, Terry Stone (BONDED BY BLOOD) (who I suspect bailed Fucilla out in exchange for a cameo) turns up as a Russian gangster. The accent is really bad. Hahaha. But at least it gave me something to engage with. Bad or good, I can always rely on Terry Stone to brighten my film watching day up. Career worse here too though, but Im not sure I should count it, seeing as he might be doing his friends a favour. The rest of the cast are OK, even Fucilla. But its a far cry from memorable. Its just dull in every way. Even another wall-paper curling cameo by Steven Berkoff (DEAD CERT) comes along too late.
3. 5 out of 10 Ordinary beyond words. Robert Fucillas vanity project narrowly avoids being terrible because the story gives each actor a chance to shine a bit. These are well worn streets though.
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