Count the Cliches In First Trailer For Billy Bob Thornton’s ‘The Baytown Disco’

Written by , on April 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm 

We’re still getting these movies? I sort of thought Smokin’ Aces would be the final trace of that pseudo-Tarantino ’90s crime-action riff, perfectly (relative use of the word) exemplified with The Boondock Saints. But there’s one more: Bary BattlesThe Baytown Disco, a Southern-set actioner about three hillbilly brothers (Clayne Crawford, Daniel Cudmore, and Travis Fimmel) tasked by a woman (Eva Longoria) to rescue her godson from his criminal father (Billy Bob Thornton).

It’s not that I’d object to Disco if it was well-composed — well, actually, why would I object to anything that is? — it’s just that a new trailer, from Deadline, puts it right in the same company as those aforementioned films. And I hate those aforementioned films. Be it the grainy cinematography, clunky dialogue, bizarrely staged action scenes (I’ll concede that trailer editing could have an effect on this), or the sense that someone tried to hard to be edgy — the kid’s in a wheelchair! — I get a pretty awful vibe here. Let the college crowds eat it up.

Watch the trailer below:

Synopsis:

The rousing rebel spirit of a family of Southern thugs takes off at breakneck speed in “The Baytown Disco” — a wickedly playful, high-velocity action-comedy in which three infamously ruthless Alabama brothers find themselves on the wrong side of crooked cops, relentless Feds, mad mobsters, road pirates, tomahawk-wielding bikers, tricky femme fatales and an unforgettable cast of characters as colorful as they are lethal when they finally try to do a single good deed.

Directed by Barry Battles, The Baytown Disco will open sometime this year.

What impression does this first trailer leave you?


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