This movie is probably the worst movie I have seen in 2016. Masterminds is based on a true story about October 1997 Loomis Fargo Heist that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. This heist was the biggest heist in American History, stealing $17 million. Seems like an interesting movie right? Well this is a cheesy comedy.
Masterminds stars Zach Galifianakis who plays David Ghantt who works at an armored car company. Then you have the other actors such as Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Owen Wilson. It was directed by Jared Hess; he also did Napoleon Dynamite, his first and most popular film. The acting in this film is pretty silly; the director changed a lot of the real story and turned it in different directions, which the he probably had to do since the people in the heist are still alive today. The comedy in this film is not very funny; I just thought that a lot of it was dumb. There was only one scene that I had a chuckle at. Another problem was that you didn’t really care about any of the characters, especially when these were real people. The real people did do one or two silly things, but the movie never acknowledged that. For example the members of the heist couldn’t open the doors so they tried everything to break the windows, but it was an armored truck. In the movie the front doors were locked, but they just opened the back door. The writers didn’t see that opportunity to have that humor and say that was true. They also added action scenes that involve a hitman who turns into a really sweet person, which I thought was pointless having a hitman in the movie if he doesn’t do anything. The ending also has a bit of an action scene at one of the member’s mansion that he bought.
This movie wasn’t that good. Yes, it had good moments, but they didn’t last long. And I wonder if the real members saw this or not. This movie is, of course, for the Zack Galifinakis fans who love comedies. But if anyone was looking for a good historical movie, sorry to break it to you, but this is not for you. I rate Masterminds a 5/10.