Combine edgy motion film clichés with a hackneyed “Romeo and Juliet”-inspired screenplay and also you get “Die in a Gunfight,” a neon-saturated shoot-’em-up that follows a pair of brooding lovers as they fend off their mobster-ish mother and father.
The director Collin Schiffli attracts from the hyper-stylized playbook of filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, and Nicolas Winding Refn, using comic-book model animation and freeze-frame results to introduce the movie’s characters, all loopy wealthy of us and hip, teeth-gnashing hustlers.
Its hero is Ben Gibbon (Diego Boneta), a typical unhealthy boy who spends his days cruising across the metropolis, party-crashing, and moving into road fights together with his greatest pal, Mukul (Wade Allain-Marcus), at all times by his aspect.
But Ben’s impetuous methods conceal a damaged coronary heart. He longs for fellow malcontent Mary Rathcart (Alexandra Daddario), and when the 2 fatefully reunite at a swanky soiree, they run off collectively regardless of their mother and father’ efforts to maintain them aside. Cue a sequence of flashy showdowns and roguish theatrics at strip golf equipment and dingy film theaters.
It’s a disgrace that it’s all so wincingly contrived. The movie tries so arduous to be slick, however its efforts are each unoriginal and painfully amateurish.
Among its largest missteps is its use of voice-over narration meant to lend the occasions a mythic high quality. But the narration (carried out by Billy Crudup, however sounding extra like an automatic recording) lands jarringly flat towards the movie’s loonier beats.
Boneta and Daddario not less than play their star-crossed lovers with a lasciviously manic glint in their (dilated) eyes, however the formulaic script does them no favors. It’s a traditional case of model over substance, solely its model feels awfully passé.
Die in a Gunfight
Rated R. Running time: 1 hour 32 minutes. In theaters and out there to lease or purchase on Google Play, FandangoNow and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.