Daily News header

Lottery Ticket - Your Number's Up

By     get stories by email

This film is described as a comedy drama and, as the person sitting next to me laughed once, I'll go along with the comedy but, as regards the latter, I've seen more drama in the late afternoon line at the local post office when a customer has given the only clerk on duty the paperwork for a passport. Now that is drama. (Note: although I didn't join in the exchange I do agree that a specific officer should be responsible for passports but I don't agree that just because a female clerk sticks up for herself and wears a shirt that she's a lesbian)

Kevin Carson lives in the projects with his grandmother and works in a local shoe store. He's just graduated from school but can't afford to go to college. However, his luck changes when he decides, for the first time in his life, to buy a lottery ticket. His numbers come up and he's the only winner of the $370 million prize but, when he goes to make his claim, the Lottery Office is closed for the holidays and he has to wait three days before he can claim his check.

lottery ticket

Kevin is a very nice guy. He's unassuming, sweet to his grandmother, kind to strangers, polite to his colleagues and gets on well with his friends. So as a person, he's most likeable, but as a lead character in a film, he sucks. And it gets worse. Kevin's grandmother is loving and a domestic goddess, his best friend loyal and honest and his love interest a sensible young woman who never misses church on Sundays.

However, as we all know, money can make even the most beautiful people ugly, so we sit in our seats and wait for the good to stumble and expose, layer by layer, the flaws that poverty had hidden so well. But, disappointingly, this just doesn't happen and all we get is a superficial story with the bad guys being as one dimensional as the good, all trundling through a series of events that tell us nothing that we don't see on the screen which is, at best, tedious.

The idea of making a film about the three days before a winner picks up the lottery check is a great concept and the perfect setting on which to build tension. It was also an opportunity to pull us into the prospect of extreme wealth, and make us wonder if we would try for a slice of the pie, and expose ourselves to the world as frauds and make us wonder if, deep down, we could be shallow.

Distributed by Warner Bros
US & Canada Release 20th August, 2010
European Release TBA

To read more reviews by Miv Evans please click her pic. Contact Miv at www.thetrailerfestival.com

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Movie Reviews News

The coroner quickly concludes an old lady died of natural causes, but her young neighbor suspects otherwise, much to the frustration of her fiance.
Here are three not-to-miss big budget films for this week that will bring delight and color to your hectic days ahead, starting with Chappie, and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel followed by independent and foreign films.
There were no upsets in terms of the major categories, with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) prevailing in the lead acting categories, as expected
Kung Fu Elliot is a kickboxer on a desperate quest to be star. He ropes his girlfriend in to his delusional scheme and the question is, can the relationship last longer than the dream.
We see a procession of movies about artists throughout history suffering for their art, rarely are there sightings of the women in their lives made to suffer too.
Here are the top DVD releases for this week, starting with Whiplash, and just the right time for a fond farewell to the love month of February 2015!

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

landing page ad

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site