All About the Benjamins (New Line Platinum Series) [Import]
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Ice Cube and Mike Epps are the driving force of this high style, high impact, action/comedy. One's a top dog bounty hunter, the other a two-bit hustler. Add to the mix a botched diamond heist, a lost sinning lottery ticket, and one thing becomes clear...that it's All About the Benjamins.
Ice Cube cowrote, produced, and stars in this action caper. Bucum (Cube) is a bounty hunter (get it?) with dreams of big money. Reggie (Mike Epps) is a small-time grifter who also has dreams of big money and is at the top of Bucum's list to boot. Yep, you guessed it: tough guy/funny guy buddy flick. All About the Benjamins is pretty much a by-the-numbers piece of work. There's plenty of macho posturing, gunfire, big-ticket items exploding, and curse words inserted into the script in lieu of actual punch lines. The plot has holes big enough to drive a locomotive through, but then again the plot isn't really the point. Epps's attempts at wacky comedy wear thin early on, but Ice Cube does a fine job, and together they do make quite a few moments hit. Best recommended for when you want turn-your-brain-off excitement. --Ali Davis
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"Benjamins" stars Ice Cube as bounty hunter Bucum Jackson, sent on assignment to recover a bail jumper named Reggie Wright (Mike Epps). Reggie is in deep trouble. Not only did he witness a diamond theft and murder, but he also left his wallet - containing a winning lottery ticket - at the scene of the crime. Reggie's only help is Bucum, but the grumpy bounty hunter wants nothing to do with the felon, that is until 20 million in stolen diamonds becomes up for grabs.
I'll give him this much: Ice Cube certainly knows his audience. "All About The Benjamins" is as familiar Cube terrain as a movie can get, filled to the breaking point with the fireballs, profanity and ad-libbed laughs that made his previous two "Friday" films such hits. However, this time out, Cube and his team are trying to resuscitate the buddy film genre, long since laid to rest in the land of straight-to-video releases. "Benjamins" is an old-school, Joel Silveresque actioner, circa 1991. It delightfully traffics in the business of over-the-top villains, gorgeous females, constant shoot-outs and one explosion after another. Long gone are the weed and sex jokes of the "Friday" films, here replaced with bullets and a bigger budget.
Somehow, first time director Kevin Bray makes this work, if only slightly. A highly energized, stylishly directed film that actually features a perfect mood setting opening credit sequence, "Benjamins" can at least serve as eye candy if nothing else.Read more ›
However, "All About the Benjamins" is something i wish i could've forgotten and since viewing it only two days ago, i have mostly forgoten anything that happened in the movie. I was hoping that Epps would save this movie but he was gven nothing to do for the most part. He had his moments, but they were "short-lived" moments.
Ice Cube is his usual self. I'm glad he is sticking to movies now. Cube isn't a bad actor. I give him credit for his roles in "Higher Learning" and "Friday." The fact is that he can't and shouldn't (co)write scripts anymore. Leave that to the people who actually know which buttons to push so that people actually laugh at a joke.
Bottom line is that even if you enjoy the team of Cube and Epps, you should wait until "Friday After Next," which hopefully will not be as horrible as the trailer makes it out to be, to see them again. However, if you feel so compelled to see this, just remember that I told you so.
Most recent customer reviews
Fun movie to watch. It's even ok to watch over again. I do have a question though. How in the world did Reggie survive all of the shots into the van? Read morePublished on May 28 2004
I thought the movie was okay. It's one I would watch once in a while. Mike Epps has some serious big screen potential if he continues to pick some decent roles, and does not get... Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by S. M. Anderson
Another hilarious cube vision movie. Mike Epps is one of the funniest guys on the planet and Cube's serious personna make for a classic goofy guy/straight guy combination. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by Joe Clay
This movie is different from other action/comedies, there are a lot of things going on and it's fun to keep up with them. I didn't know what to expect, and it left me wanting more. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by Paul
i loved to see ice cube and mike epps acting in next friday, so i bought this dvd "all about the money", whats it called very stupid here in germany...... Read morePublished on July 25 2003 by A. Jahn
WOW. This movie is outrageous. It was a great movie for both Ice Cube and Mike Epps. They were both great in Next Friday, so I was ready for this movie. Read morePublished on March 24 2003 by EJ
this was the funniest movie I've seen in my life. When Mike Epps and ice Cube get together you know that it's gonna be trouble. Read morePublished on March 11 2003
There is nothing I like more than a good comedy. This is honsetly one of the funniest movies I have ever watched. Mike epps is in my opinion the funniest man on screen today. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by Jared
This DVD is the real deal!
With fast packed action,and true hood comedy; this movie is dope!
(like all ice-cube's movies)
Watch as you see Ice-Cube and the... Read more