Reel Shorts | Next Day Air

8 05 2009

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It’s often been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While the same can be said for comedy, “Next Day Air” relies on well-worn stereotypes in a big-screen straight to video  story that is beneath almost every actor who appeared in this film.

The story centers several stories taking place simultaneously that will bring three groups of individuals together for one of the most unpredictable bad moments captured on film this year.

In the city of Brotherly Love, a pair truly stupid small time Philadelphia criminals, Guch (Wood Harris) and Brody (Mike Epps) prove that crime truly doesn’t pay. These losers are probably the only big screen bank robbers to commit a heist and NOT get any money. When told to check the safe, the inept Brody though he was told to get the “tapes” sending these losers home empty handed.

Across town at NDA (Next Day Air), courier Leo is on the hotseat and in danger of being let go from the shipping company. Jealous that his ex, Ivy (Lauren London) has already began dating ONE week after their breakup, Leo’s problems are just beginning. Constantly delivering packages high and mishandling customers shipments, he is given one more chance or he will find himself out on the street by his supervisor . . . and mom (Debbie Allen).

Unfortunately for him, his next run includes a special package from a vicious Mexican drug kingpin, Bodega (Emilio Rivera) that he delivers to the wrong address across the hall. Instead of getting the “special delivery” to the petrified, Jesus (Cisco Reyes), Leo gives it to Guch and Brody instead. The two losers immediately set up a buyer, Brody’s cousin, Shavoo (Omari Hardwick) to move the cocaine.

Once word gets across the border that the package didn’t arrive, Bodega is on the first thing smoking to Philly with no love for whoever has his product. Hip-hop director Benny Boom has some talent at his disposal but this “Friday” lite tale has no imagination or creativity and a script that feels like a film from the 90s.

Boom and his crew misuse the talents of Mos Def, London, Harris, Allen and Faison all of whom must be in a professional recession if they had to stoop low enough to lend their time and their names to this embarrassment of a film. On behalf of the filmmakers, we would like to extend an apology to the Puerto Rican, Mexican and African American communities for the piss-poor caricatures displayed onscreen.

While the majority of the film was mostly mindless and light, the film’s finale suddenly turns into a combination of “Reservoir Dogs” and “Shoot ‘Em Up” – without any of the intelligence or common sense. Memo to filmmakers, guns may be gangsta but the true king is a good script!

Mostly known for shooting hip-hop videos, Boom is what Benny’s prospect are for future big screen directing gigs after delivering this egg of a film that appears to be the 21st century, “Soul Plane.”

Who knew that for some actors, times could really be THIS hard?

Grade F

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3 responses

8 05 2009
Lady Di

I so agree on the grade for this film. I want it to read H F though… HUGE FAIL

9 05 2009
Topics about London » Blog Archive » Next Day Air Review

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9 05 2009
Topics about Love-stories » Blog Archive » Next Day Air Review

[…] FilmGordon placed an observative post today on Next Day Air ReviewHere’s a quick excerptIt’s often been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While the same can be said for comedy, “Next Day Air” relies on well-worn stereotypes in a big-screen straight to video  story that is beneath almost every actor who appeared in this film. The story centers several stories taking place simultaneously that will bring three groups of individuals together for one of the most unpredictable bad moments captured on film this year. In the city of Brotherly Love, a pair truly stupid sm […]

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