dvd review – HARD LUCK

Here we have a DVD that has been sitting in my dreaded Pile of Unwatched Movies for the better part of four years—and with good reason. Wesley Snipes as the inappropriately name Lucky, a former drug kingpin with a running streak of bad luck. Out of prison, his life is off to a new start with a loving wife, but things fall apart after Hurricane Katrina, and Lucky finds himself back in New York. Through a series of events that might be clever if handled by a better writer, Lucky runs afoul of corrupt cops, gets his hands on a ton of cash, and finds himself in the company of a loudmouth stripper (Jackie Quinones). Meanwhile, in a seemingly unrelated subplot, a pair of sadistic serial killers (Cybill Shepherd and James Liao) snatch victims off the street and torture them to death. And while all of this is going on, a police detective (Mario Van Peebles) is hunting both Lucky, the corrupt cops hunting Lucky, and the serial killers. Of course, you’d have to be a complete idiot not to see the inevitable mishmash of lame characters and even lamer plot contrivances colliding like a truck full of dog shit and wagon-load of cat piss. Directed by Mario Van Peebles, Hard Luck is the sort of terrible mess of a movie that can’t seem to end soon enough. The script is bad—painfully so in most scenes—and Van Peebles’s direction is…well…the less said about his direction the better. The only positive thing I can think to say about this movie is that Quinones looks really good naked. And while I’d be more than willing to watch a naked Miss Quinones cook scrambled eggs, I hope to never watch this movie again.

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