HTF REVIEW: "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The Adventures Of Pluto Nash




    Studio: Warner Brothers
    Year: 2002
    Rated: PG-13
    Film Length: 95 Minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)
    Subtitles: English, French and Spanish



    The Man On The Moon
    Once upon a time there was a young comic named
    Eddie Murphy whose sketch comedy on Saturday Night
    Live
    skyrocketed him into a prosperous movie
    career. For quite some time, it seemed Eddie could
    do no wrong. By the end of the 80s, however, Eddie's
    career took a sharp decline as he began appearing in
    one movie flop after another. The only brief
    resurgence he had with his career was The Nutty
    Professor I & II
    which showcased many of his
    long missed character talents.
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    I don't know how someone so talented could have
    such poor judgement with the projects he picks.
    The Adventures of Pluto Nash was originally
    shot over 2 years ago at a cost of $100 million,
    and originally slated to hit theaters last summer.
    Warner Brothers knew they had a turkey on their
    hands, and shelved the picture until they could
    find the right time to dump this piece of crap on
    the unsuspecting public. They finally chose this
    past Summer's Movie Season as D-Day, and as expected,
    the film flopped miserably.
    The year is 2080. As the film opens, we find
    ourselves on the Moon in a colonized town called
    Little America. Meet Pluto Nash (Eddie Murphy),
    who has transformed a rundown watering hole into
    Little America's most profitable nightclub. His
    booming business allows him to show some
    generosity, in this case to a pretty earthling
    named Dina Lake (Rosario Dawson) who he sets up
    with a waitressing job. Pluto also enjoys the
    protection of his low-tech robotic bodyguard, Bruno
    (Randy Quaid). When high-profile gangster Rex
    Crater offers to buy the club and Pluto turns him
    down, things quickly go wrong for Mr. Nash. An
    ugly takeover takes place and Nash finds himself
    on the run with Dina and his antiquated android as
    he tries every trick in the book to find the mobsters
    behind the takeover attempt.
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    This film is such a stinker, I don't know where to
    begin in pointing out its flaws. First of all, if
    you are going to spend $100 million on a picture,
    at least have something to show for it. This
    entire so-called futuristic setting looks as if
    it was shot on a very small sound stage, with sets
    that look no more elaborate than what you would
    find on the Vegas strip. Second, this film is a
    total embarrassment to everyone that's involved in
    it -- including such noted actors as Peter Boyle,
    Randy Quaid, Pam Grier
    and John Cleese
    (who just about phoned his performance in). I can
    almost forgive Jay Mohr, a man who probably
    signed for this film just keep employed.
    How is the transfer?
    This transfer is on par with every current Warner
    Brothers DVD release. In other words, the picture
    quality is excellent. This is a highly colorful
    pristine transfer with a mostly smooth, grain-free
    background. Picture is sharp, well detailed, and
    along with its vivid neon color palette, black
    levels are nice and deep. The only added noise I
    saw here was in a few spots where background scene
    panels gave off a little noise.
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    The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is very active
    here. Across the front channels you'll find
    noticeable stereo separation. Just listening to
    the film's opening Blue Moon number, you'll
    appreciate the bass-heavy sound with nice LFE support
    that underlines the beats of the mix. The rears
    provide outstanding response for the film's effects
    that includes the sounds of hover craft flybys, laser
    gun blasts and various PA announcements. Overall,
    this is a well-rounded mix that comes across with
    plenty of dynamics.
    Special Features
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    There are three additional scenes presented here,
    and I am sure you'll trust me when I say they add
    absolutely nothing to the value of this film. Here's
    a brief description of what was taken out...
    * Benny getting hassled to sign a deed for his
    bar over to Mogan (Joe Pantoliano). Benny makes
    a hurried escape only to get cornered.
    * Short conversation between Mogan and Kelp in
    a bar that results in Kelp getting a little wet.
    * A sweet parting as Flura (Pam Grier) sees
    Rowland (Peter Boyle) out of his apartment.
    * Rowland makes a visit to his friend at the FBI
    In total, these extra scenes play just under five
    minutes, which is just fine for this already sickened
    reviewer.
    The film's hip-hop Music Video, Ain't No Need
    by the group IMx is included here. If the
    video intrigues you, be sure to watch the 3-minute
    Making of The Music Video, where the boys
    describe their video as "angry" which allowed a chance
    for them to "let off some frustration." Hmmm. That
    sort of makes sense. Did they see the film too?
    The cast and crew area allows you to view
    extensive filmographies on the principles involved
    with the film. Be sure to click on Eddie's name to
    count on one hand how many good films he has been in
    these past 15 years.
    Don't even waste your time with the DVD-ROM
    content which is basically just Warner Brothers
    website promotional links.
    Final Thoughts
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    There is just no other way to put it, and I'll make
    this short and sweet....this is the worst movie I
    have ever reviewed. Do whatever you can to stay
    clear of this DVD.
    Release Date: December 24, 2002
     
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    Atleast one time that it can truely be said, that the review is better then the film. Thanks for the great review Ron. Going to avoid this stinker, as if my life depended on it. Which, judging by your review it probably would. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I read the review to just see how bad you hated it Ron. And gladly, you did not disappoint. I will stay around from this pile of muk and just watch Miniority Report and Back to the Future again. Good reviews for a bad movie.
     
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    Ron! You're still alive, my old friend!!! You're a braver man than I thought...

    The sound you now hear is me not picking this up off the shelf.
     
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    Ron gotta ask, with so much good stuff out, why review this trash? do you honestly think any of your readers really cares about this crap?
     
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    Ron, you're a brave, brave man.

    Regrettably the lure of $, has a lot to do with why so many good actors & performers appear in bad films. That's why I always think more highly of actors who decide to concentrate on their craft instead of their wallet (are you hearing me Robert).
     
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    Ah, Pluto Nash deserves a spot on my shelf, right next to Battlefield Earth!

    Just kidding, I don't own Battlefield Earth, and I most certainly will not be picking up this calamity.
     
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    Do any kids like this at all? I'm thinking getting this for someone as a present would be like telling them you hate thim......
     
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    I just figured Ron reviewed to make sure everyone steered clear of it!
     
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    I think Andrew makes an excellent point too... I really appreciate the fact that Ron sacrifices his time, which I'm sure he must not have much of, to watch crappy movies like this, so that the membership and readers of the forums can know what to avoid. Buying crappy DVDs can get expensive!
     
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    This had to opportunity to be the greatest DVD ever. If it included documentaries (i.e. The Beginning) about just how bad the film was it would have been a quality disc. I would have loved to see if they knew it was bad when they were making it. Maybe even to see the shame of the people involved after it has been shelved for 2 years then released. This could have been good ... oh well.

    They could have advertised it as the worst movie ever. It probably would have sold better than it will as is.
     
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    So if I get you guys right, your telling me to stay away from this one??[​IMG]
     
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    DVD File had a good idea: Make a drinking game out of this one.

    Truly one of the worst films ever made. Still, worth watching (once), just to see how bad.

    Somebody must have had pictures of Eddie Murphy molesting some kid to get him in this one...
     
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    Ron,
    So does this mean that Collision Course has moved up a notch and is no longer at the bottom of your barrel? [​IMG]
    P.S. - Thanks for "taking one for the team" - although I don't always agree with you with regards to the merits of a particular movie (e.g., the afore-mentioned Crocodile Hunter), I think in this case I will bow to your superior wisdom! [​IMG]
     

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