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Release Date: July 25, 2003

Starring: Danny Provenzano, Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore, James Caan, and Edward Lynch

Genre: Crime Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Jerry
Langford THIS THING OF OURS is
a less-than-compelling story
about the Mafia’s
involvement in a high-tech
heist which, according to the
movie’s production notes,
actually took place. It
centers on three young men who
have figured out a way to
steal hundreds of millions of
dollars by siphoning wireless
bank transfers from thousands
of transactions passing
through a recently positioned
NASA satellite. All three
friends plan to be filthy
rich, but one of them hopes to
use this audacious crime as a
respected admission into the
local mob family. It is a
foolproof plan, but the guys
must first borrow $50 million
before the narrow window of
opportunity closes.
Considering themselves the
next generation of
computer-savvy criminals, they
regard the aging members of
the Mafia as stuck in the old
ways of the past.
Nevertheless, they need the
family’s financial backing
and rightly keep their
opinions to themselves. They
realize that, if they fail to
turn a fast profit for the
mob’s investment – or if
they experience failure of any
kind, for that matter –
their investors will settle
the account with the men’s
lives. THIS THING OF OURS is
supposed to be a thoughtful
story about new versus old,
but it relies heavily on
mobster story clichés and
superficial characters. Sure,
there may be something to be
said about the crime
family’s dying empire in a
new era or about the fragility
of friendships when money is
at stake, but THIS THING OF
OURS is not really qualified
to tackle these serious
subjects. If this movie sees
any success at all, credit
will be due to the largely
recognizable round-up of
famous wiseguy-playing actors.
It also rides the blood-soaked
coattails of THE SOPRANOS’
popularity, but dozens of
ruthless murders and scenes of
spurting blood do not a good
story make. Written and
directed by Danny Provenzano,
THIS THING OF OURS is an odd
and unsettling tribute to the
feared and revered crime
family. Provenzano, himself,
is the great-nephew of
real-life mob boss Anthony
Provenzano, and he seems to
enjoy reminding the press that
this crime tale is as
authentic as it gets. He
should know. Last year, Danny
faced a 44-count racketeering
indictment by the federal
government. So, perhaps art
does imitate life. This may
also explain why, at the time,
he was unable to focus on
improving his much beloved
movie. The mob’s obsession
with greed and ironic
fascination with respect are
prominent themes here. The
movie is saturated with coarse
language and, as one would
expect, contains much vicious
and bloody violence. At its
close, THIS THING OF OURS is
bent on introspection, but any
viewers who suffer through to
the end will reflect that the
movie has been about as much
fun as watching a corpse
rot. THIS THING OF OURS may
look and sound like a
heavyweight mob flick, but it
is really just a two-bit
hustle. Please address your
comments to: Website:
www.smallplanetpictures.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 100 minutes

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Content:

(H, Ho, LLL, VVV, S, AA, DD, MMM) Humanist worldview about three friends attempting to steal millions of dollars in cooperation with the mob with light homosexual elements; 228 obscenities (with nearly 200 “f” words) and three profanities; violence includes kidnapping, torture scenes, beatings, stabbings, strangulations, graphic shootings, head shots, and bloody executions; implied fornication, several couples wearing bathing suits shown kissing, light homosexual references, and jokes about bestiality; some cleavage shown; drinking to excess; smoking and drug use; and, theft, themes of lying, betrayal and thirst for power, corrupt activity celebrated, and mob family revered throughout this movie, and federal officers shown planting drug evidence but this action strongly rebuked.

GENRE: Crime Drama

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Summary:

THIS THING OF OURS is a less-than-compelling story about the Mafia’s involvement in a high-tech heist which, according to the movie’s production notes, actually took place. THIS THING OF OURS may look and sound like a heavyweight mob flick, but it is really just a two-bit hustle, relying heavily on mobster story clichés, superficial characters, vicious violence, and excessive foul language.

Review:

THIS THING OF OURS is a less-than-compelling story about the Mafia’s involvement in a high-tech heist which, according to the movie’s production notes, actually took place. It centers on three young men who have figured out a way to steal hundreds of millions of dollars by siphoning wireless bank transfers from thousands of transactions passing through a recently positioned NASA satellite. All three friends plan to be filthy rich, but one of them hopes to use this audacious crime as a respected admission into the local mob family. It is a foolproof plan, but the guys must first borrow $50 million before the narrow window of opportunity closes. Considering themselves the next generation of computer-savvy criminals, they regard the aging members of the Mafia as stuck in the old ways of the past. Nevertheless, they need the family’s financial backing and rightly keep their opinions to themselves. They realize that, if they fail to turn a fast profit for the mob’s investment – or if they experience failure of any kind, for that matter – their investors will settle the account with the men’s lives.

THIS THING OF OURS is supposed to be a thoughtful story about new versus old, but it relies heavily on mobster story clichés and superficial characters. Sure, there may be something to be said about the crime family’s dying empire in a new era or about the fragility of friendships when money is at stake, but THIS THING OF OURS is not really qualified to tackle these serious subjects. If this movie sees any success at all, credit will be due to the largely recognizable round-up of famous wiseguy-playing actors. It also rides the blood-soaked coattails of THE SOPRANOS’ popularity, but dozens of ruthless murders and scenes of spurting blood do not a good story make.

Written and directed by Danny Provenzano, THIS THING OF OURS is an odd and unsettling tribute to the feared and revered crime family. Provenzano, himself, is the great-nephew of real-life mob boss Anthony Provenzano, and he seems to enjoy reminding the press that this crime tale is as authentic as it gets. He should know. Last year, Danny faced a 44-count racketeering indictment by the federal government. So, perhaps art does imitate life. This may also explain why, at the time, he was unable to focus on improving his much beloved movie.

The mob’s obsession with greed and ironic fascination with respect are prominent themes here. The movie is saturated with coarse language and, as one would expect, contains much vicious and bloody violence. At its close, THIS THING OF OURS is bent on introspection, but any viewers who suffer through to the end will reflect that the movie has been about as much fun as watching a corpse rot.

THIS THING OF OURS may look and sound like a heavyweight mob flick, but it is really just a two-bit hustle.

Please address your comments to:

Website: www.smallplanetpictures.com

SUMMARY:

THIS THING OF OURS is a less-than-compelling story about the Mafia’s involvement in a high-tech heist which, according to the movie’s production notes, actually took place. THIS THING OF OURS may look and sound like a heavyweight mob flick, but it is really just a two-bit hustle, relying heavily on mobster story clichés, superficial characters, vicious violence, and excessive foul language.

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