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Times of India
Fed up of his mundane existence, David Scott Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis), a guard at an armoured car company in North Carolina organizes one of the biggest heists in the history of the US. At the behest of Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who he is infatuated with, David hands over the USD 17 million loot to Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson), who is the mastermind in this plot. Steve double-crosses David and even threatens to take Kelly away from him. Who gets caught and who gets even is interesting to see.
This madcap comedy based on true facts of the Loomis Fargo robbery in October 1997 definitely draws some laughs. Of course bits of the film seem part true while others seem part farcical because you wonder how a bunch of guys who masterminded one of the biggest cash heists could actually be so dumb. The fact that they spend their loot on lavish luxuries and the fact that they leave behind a trail of evidence that is so easy to trace, leaves you both chuckling and aghast at the same time.
Director Jared Hess is not sure whether to tell it like a crime thriller with an edgier narrative or make it just a farcical comic caper. So there is much lost in translation of genres.
That having been said, as far as the performances go Zach Galifianakis is absolutely believable as the bored security firm guard, who goes home to his fiancé and does photo-shoots with her to beat the mundane. You can also fully believe that when Kristen his colleague flirts with him, he suddenly finds purpose. And, when she suggests they loot one of the loaded trucks, he only protests mildly because he is so head-over-heels with her. But his is the only part that’s rounded. Kristen’s role starts in a fiery manner but after the initial few scenes, she seems like a plane Jane instead of a femme fatale. Owen Wilson also has a thankless part.
Yet if you’re in a mood for some weekend cheer, Masterminds could do it for you.
Parts were characters are supposedly in Mexico were actually filmed in Puerto Rico.
The movie was originally titled, Loomis Fargo. It was later changed to Armored Car before settling on Masterminds.