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The Bannen Way (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 January 2010 (USA)
A slick, sexy, action-packed show about Neal Bannen, a charming con-man with a police chief for a father, a mob boss for an uncle and a weakness for beautiful women, who wants to turn his ... See full summary »

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Jesse Warren

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Jesse Warren (creator), Mark Gantt (creator) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Gantt ... Neal Bannen
Vanessa Marcil ... Madison
Gabriel Tigerman ... Zeke
Michael Ironside ... Chief Bannen
Robert Forster ... Mr. B
Michael Lerner ... The Mensch
Ski Carr ... Sonny (as Ski Cutty Carr)
Autumn Reeser ... Jailbait
Brianne Davis ... Bombshell
Brittany Ishibashi ... Stiletto
Brynn Thayer ... Margaret Bannen
Roman Varshavsky ... Dimitri
Paul Duke ... Hans
Dean Kreyling Dean Kreyling ... Finch
Jeffrey R. Newman ... Francis (as Jeff Newman)
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A slick, sexy, action-packed show about Neal Bannen, a charming con-man with a police chief for a father, a mob boss for an uncle and a weakness for beautiful women, who wants to turn his life around and leave the criminal lifestyle forever. Written by Anonymous

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During the final confrontation between the brothers, the mob brother is brandishing a semi-automatic handgun. The barrel is plugged and you can tell it is a prop gun. See more »

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Starts familiar but promising then can't find its way
3 March 2018 | by imdb2-5See all my reviews

Neil Bannen is a tall, good looking, smooth talking, seemingly happy go lucky but self-centered girl chaser. If there's a hot body in his radar, everything else takes a back seat. And while he's been able to squirm out of it in the past, he's not between a rock and a hard place with a choice to make about going the straight path or even deeper in a mob....

There is a sexy, beautiful girl who walks into his life and is a mystery. Colorful bad guys and gals, practically cartoonish at times. There is also a family angle thrown in... His father is a cop, his uncle is a mobster. Something happened and the question is where do the two intertwine and what will it take to unravel this mystery and a resolution. He's got a little high tech geek cadre who help with his jobs. And did I mention there are a ton of characters and that backstory and character development are really not a priority in this film?

I'm giving this a very generous 5, since the performances are all mostly good from a surprising cast that has several well known names and faces you've seen before. There are a number of chuckles, the actors are well cast and do well with their roles and the movie is not boring... although it does become noticeably more dull after the shiny, grinning veneer of our lead character rubs off and he's left to being a confused shnook that must parade himself between numerous characters to wind up where he started.

The problem is that you've seen everything before and the film takes a few too many liberties like you'd see on TV, where characters can do things without consequence and walk away just for laughs, forgotten long before the story continues with another episode next week. This movie finds itself in between. Villains are well acted but they are cartoonish, over the top, and you're not sure whether they are supposed to be part of a parody on cliches.

If you've seen Guy Ritchie's "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" you know instantly that so has this director. I was also reminded of "Burn Notice" to reasonable degree. He gets a lot of production value out of the film, which looks good for the budget. And while there are some chuckles and the movie moves you along, it becomes all too clear that it's just a series of events tied together with the script, each resulting in some unforseen even that will descend to save our heroes and roll them into the next set piece.

So I'll give the team high grades for effort, a reasonably entertaining if very familiar work but not the thriller you'd expect to enjoy seeing again.


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6 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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