Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022April 2022May 2022June 2022July 2022August 2022September 2022
News Every Day |

‘Bandit’ Is A Decently Entertaining Bank Robber Movie

Self-described cineastes love nothing more than a former child actor or teen heartthrob who dedicates the entirety of their late twenties and thirties to looking creepy in weird art movies — your Robert Pattinsons, your Kristen Stewarts, your Shias LeBeouf and Ryans Gosling. But maybe for every Robert Pattinson tweeking out in a Safdie Brothers film, there’s a Josh Duhamel, a handsome heartthrob content to mostly stay handsome and be the third or fourth most famous blondish actor named Josh.

Sure, Josh Duhamel, star of Transformers movies and shows like Las Vegas and Crossing Jordan, isn’t cool or romantic or dangerous, the way we like our actors to be. But should we really judge him for parlaying an enviable jawline into what seems like a pretty nice life, just because he never kicks photographers or immerses himself in the lifestyle of an 18th-century cobbler or sends his costars boxes of dead rats?

These were things I pondered while watching Bandit, a perfectly watchable movie about a prolific Canadian bank robber. It’s snappy, looks pretty, and moves along affably enough. Yet as I got to the end, I nonetheless couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing. Something that would make an impact, stay with me longer than the closing credits, or differentiate it from any number of the other featuring actors named Josh.

Duhamel plays Gilbert Galvan Jr., a foster kid-turned criminal who flees a minimum-security prison where he was sent on a check fraud charge and relocates to Canada, where he pays a homeless guy $22 for his ID card. In the process, he assumes the man’s name, Robert Whiteman, for the remainder of his criminal career. As this happens, a helpful title card appears on the screen, reading “this actually happened,” a conceit Bandit reuses a few times throughout the movie. This kind of structural fourth-wall-breaking, if you want to call it that, if a slightly inelegant solution, is a nice way to avoid the “truth is stranger than fiction” problem that so many based-on-a-true-story movies eventually face. That that actually happened, and wasn’t just a screenwriter’s dramatic license, actually does enhance my enjoyment of it so it’s good to know. Incidentally, “Robert White Man” feels like the perfect pseudonym for Josh Duhamel.

Duhamel’s entire inoffensive handsome guy persona does seem particularly well-suited for this role, of a guy who becomes Canada’s most prolific bank robber, thanks in part to his cleverness, but also his ability to slip in and out of disguises and not leave too strong of an impression on people. Perhaps to compensate for Duhamel’s lack of edge, Bandit, directed by Allan Ungar from a script by Robert Knuckle and Kraig Wenman (not convinced these are real names, btw) casts Mel Gibson as a local crime lord who becomes Whiteman’s mentor. Gibson, Hollywood’s problematic uncle, has come to specialize in the problematic uncle role, and his first scene in Bandit, set in the eighties, sees his character, Tommy, complaining about a Boy George video on TV. “Music used to be about the music, now it’s all a circus sideshow,” Tommy laments, as if he’s the first old guy ever to be mad at a pop star looking too gay.

Gibson is kind of an awkward fit for this movie in general, doing decaf versions of the same un-PC jags he did in Father Stu, in between otherwise being a pretty caring mentor for Whiteman.

It’s hard not to enjoy a filmed heist, and Bandit, a series of heists set to toe-tapping needle drops (as a friend of Andy Warhol supposedly said of Easy Rider, “how clever to make a movie about your record collection”) is for the most part easy to enjoy. Whiteman becomes a family man, even as he continues to rob banks, a revelation his wife, played by Elisha Cuthbert, is surprisingly cool with. Whiteman’s wife seems like the kind of character who only exists in Canada, suitably played by one of our most Canadian actresses (perhaps second only to Emily Hampshire from Schitt’s Creek on my list of “actors you could tell are Canadian from 50 paces,” with all due respect to Cobie Smulders).

Yet there’s a major flaw in Bandit, and it’s that in this two-hour portrait of this guy, who was, I gather, notable for being Canada’s most prolific bank robber, you never get that strong a sense of who he was as a person or what was driving him. What aspect of his personality was this portrait meant to convey? What does his persona say about the world? Even after 125 minutes, the de rigueur epilogue text at the end of the movie feels rushed, like it’s trying to fill in some memorable information that the movie couldn’t. Bandit is, for all intents and purposes, a cinematic blond guy named Josh.

‘Bandit’ opens in theaters and OnDemand on September 23, 2022. Vince Mancini is on Twitter. More reviews here.

Read also

Mila Kunis Wears Black Mini-Dress & Thigh High Boots for 'Luckiest Girl Alive' NYC Premiere!

28 years after, FG redeems house pledge to late Keshi

Elon Musk spoke with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella after announcing he would buy Twitter, texts show

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on

News Every Day

The electric vehicle boom depends on mining. Rivian's new chief sustainability officer is tasked with making it responsible. — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here

News Every Day

German-style soft pretzels no lye

Sports today

Новости тенниса
Ана Богдан

Ана Богдан победила Ирину-Камелию Бегу в четвертьфинале турнира в Парме

Спорт в России и мире

Московский «Спартак» обыграл «Зенит» в матче Кубка России со счетом 3:0 впервые за 5 лет


All sports news today


Sports in Russia today


Саратовские росгвардейцы стали призерами чемпионат Приволжского округа Росгвардии по плаванию

Новости России

Game News

I played Overwatch 2 on a new account, and the hero grind sucks


Собянин уволил глав управ двух столичных районов

Губернаторы России
Алексей Фомин

Как заявить о своем криптовалютном проекте? Маркетинг и реклама ICO

Петербургский байкер Ратник рассказал о мотосезоне этого года

С 2020 года МИК одобрил гранты более чем на 2,5 млрд рублей

Москвич попал в военкомат из-за распознавших его как уклониста камер

Новосибирские специалисты провели инклюзивный слет осознанных родителей на Алтае

Основатель Pink Floyd написал открытое письмо Путину

Эд Ширан подружился с покемонами

Скажи мне, кто твой друг

Вернувшийся в Россию Тимати ответил на вопросы о мобилизации

Анастасия Павлюченкова поделилась фотографией с Динарой Сафиной

Анжелик Кербер назвала теннисистку, которая способна побороться с Игой Свёнтек за лидерство в рейтинге WTA

Рафаэль Надаль станет второй ракеткой мира. Впервые за 22 года в Топ-2 рейтинга ATP окажутся представители одной страны

Стефанос Циципас четвёртым квалифицировался на Итоговый турнир ATP

Самолет Ташкент — Москва экстренно сел в Шереметьево из-за поврежденного носа

Строительство Южно-Лыткаркинской автомобильной дороги – магистраль в будущее

Московский «Спартак» обыграл «Зенит» в матче Кубка России со счетом 3:0 впервые за 5 лет

Проектное финансирование. Трехлетний опыт – плюсы и минусы

2-й день 3-го тура ФОНБЕТ Кубка России: «Спартак» укрепил лидерство победой над «Зенитом», «Ахмат» остановил «Ростов»

Похитителю 12-летней девочки дали 20 лет строгого режима

Не пропусти стрим: «Звук света»!

Михалков попросил об отсрочке по призыву для занятых в общественно значимых проектах

В Черноголовке полицейские на руках выносили обездвиженных пенсионеров во время пожара в пансионате

Нарышкин: у России есть материалы о роли Запада в организации ЧП на "Северных потоках

Началось заселение четвертой новостройки в районе Очаково-Матвеевское

Введение "потолка цен" на российскую нефть может стать самым серьезным энергетическим промахом Байдена

Путин в России и мире

Персональные новости

Булат Окуджава

Выставку открыли в мемориальном музее Булата Окуджавы

News Every Day

The electric vehicle boom depends on mining. Rivian's new chief sustainability officer is tasked with making it responsible.

Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости