By Ryan Swan
As summer comes to an end and classes begin, moviegoers look for an escape from the heat by relaxing in an empty, air-conditioned movie theatre.
And if you have my luck, just as the curtains open and the lights dim, the only person other than you to decide to see a movie on a Monday afternoon will decide that the only seat in the theatre worthy of his butt cheeks is the one right next to you.
This was the case when I saw “30 Minutes or Less.” My sudden loss in comfort and obligation to now share an armrest with a stranger did not keep me from laughing out loud during this film.
“30 minutes or Less” arrived in theatres along with a cast of stars that typically cause laughter just by the mentioning of their name.
Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Jason Swardson work together for the first time in this action-comedy where Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery boy who finds himself at the hands of two amateur criminal masterminds played by Danny McBride and Nick Swardson.
The two wannabe-crooks create a scheme to acquire some fast cash by forcing Nick to rob a bank and then promptly deliver the stolen money back to them in a matter of hours; a task that if not completed will result in death by chest bomb.
When Nick is thrown into this unbelievable situation he uses his skill behind the wheel and knowledge of every street in his small town to his advantage. Nick also finds assistance from long time friend and now partner in crime Chet (Aziz Ansari.)
“30 Minutes or Less” is full of laughs and topped with enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you find yourself looking for an escape from the heat or suddenly find the urge to overpay for popcorn, find a theatre that is still showing this film.