For once a trailer for a film portrays it correctly, Bandits is a
rollocking adventure about bank robbers, hostages and the people they rob.Dubbed the 'Sleep Over Bandits', our two 'heroes' played by Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton kidnap the bank manager of their target the night before and steal the money the next morning before the bank is even open to the public, thereby having less people to deal with.
Their escapaes are going pretty well until they meet up with a bored and psychotic housewife played by Cate Blanchett. She is instantly attracted to the two thieves and becomes a willing hostage for them so she can continue to stay around.
What starts off as a bad idea taking this neglected woman on board soon becomes more than they can handle with a bizarre love triangle developing between them.
Bandits doesn't pretend to be high brow entertainment, its just there for an audience to kick back for two hours and have a lot of fun.
Cate Blanchett deserves an oscar for her portrayal of the housewife, her firey red hair matches her outrageous persona perfectly and she brings more to her performance than you would ordinarily think possible.
As for our two robbers, Billy Bob Thornton has to be the pick mainly due to his character quirk of being a hopeless hypocondriac, contracting every possible malady and text book disease possible.
Bruce Willis is a bit overshadowed by the other two main cast members, but that doesn't really matter in the long run as Thorton and Blanchett more than compensate for any failings on Willis's part. That isn't to say Bruce isn't any good, the other two are just a lot better.Bandits is well worth a look, not necessarily for the big screen
experience, but for a good night out with friends you can't do much better than this.