Review: ‘7 Minutes’ Fails To Entertain







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Posted September 8, 2015 by

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‘7 minutes’ is the directorial debut of Jay Martin – a long time storyboard artist – and while he wants to bring us a bank robbery story that possesses heart, he ultimately gives us a finished product that could easily have edited out what little violence and language there was and found itself as a weekly series on The CW.

Sam (Mitchell), his brother Mike (Ritter), and their friend Owen (Holtz) live in a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone. One of those tiny towns that, if you don’t leave right after high school, will swallow you whole. Sam was out, if only for a moment. Having gone to college on a football scholarship, Sam and his high school sweetheart, Kate (Rambin), thought that their dream life was just over the horizon. Unfortunately an injury in his first game ruins the rest of his career and he finds himself right back where he started trying to support himself and his now pregnant girlfriend. When the three friends find themselves in debt to a drug dealer, they decide that robbing the bank Sam and Mike’s uncle works at is their best option. What they find out is it won’t be as easy as getting in-and-out in seven minutes.


This film is riddled with problems, yet the most glaring was the editing. The film starts with the three friends inside the bank, masks on and guns drawn, screaming at the bank employees to get on the ground. This gets interrupted by taking us three years into the past when Sam was a high school quarterback playing his last game before leaving for college. The whole world is in front of him, yet we already know things obviously go wrong seeing as how we just saw him as part of a bank robbery. This will set the trend for the rest of the movie as every time things start heating up in the bank, we’re yanked from it and forced to see where everything started and how they ultimately found themselves in that position. This kept me from getting invested in any of the characters, any of the situations, and made sure that all of the drama Martin was originally going for didn’t hold any weight. Trying to make up for that, the soundtrack is used to try to make you relate to the emotions the characters are going through, but it’s more distracting than anything else and takes you out of every dramatic scene.

While the film is centered around the two brothers and their friend, the supporting cast and their stories are used to fill up enough time to make this a full-length film. Martin tries to flesh them out and give them depth but you find yourself wishing you could just, ya know, go back to that bank robbery thing. Instead you have to watch a cop struggle with his weight and confidence when it comes to the woman he has a crush on, the aforementioned woman being a bar fly that sleeps with Mike and then gets drunk and angry when he says he needs to stop cheating on his girlfriend he has a kid with, and Owen’s father (played by Kris Kristofferson) and his cronies who seem to sit around together a lot but are supposed to be intimidating characters. It left me thinking that this would have been an interesting short film, but it’s glaringly obvious it shouldn’t have been a full-length one.

Riddled with scenes and characters we have seen over-and-over again, ‘7 Minutes’ is a heist film that offers nothing new to the genre while failing to capture the charm and entertainment value of those it borrows from.





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