IT’S FIND THE GUN, OR DEATH…
Mobster Joey Gazelle (Paul Walker) is desperately trying to track down a gun that was used in a cop killing; he needs to find it before the police do. The Cooler (2003) director delivers a gangster movie that has gained a minor cult following. Undeniably entertaining, it’s a bizarre grab bag of comedy, bloody violence, mob stereotypes, nasty pimps, creepy serial killers and a few other weird things. Walker tries hard, but the film’s intensity grows wearisome after a while; frantic editing and excessive tampering with the look of the film don’t help.
2006-U.S.-Canada-Germany. 122 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Wayne Kramer. Cast: Paul Walker (Joey Gazelle), Cameron Bright (Oleg Yugorsky), Vera Farmiga (Teresa Gazelle), Karel Roden, Chazz Palminteri, Johnny Messner.
Trivia: Thomas Jane was allegedly first considered for the part of Joey.