ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 1998
THE NEWTON BOYS is a handsome-looking heist flick, with cozy photography (by Peter James), a comfy production design (by Catherine Hardwicke), and a jaunty, jazzy soundtrack that recalls nothing short of THE STING. The cast is easy on the eyes, too-- Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich, and Vincent D'Onofrio play the real-life bank-robbing brothers, with an able assist from Dwight Yoakam's explosives expert. In fact, all that's missing is any tension or excitement, neither of which director Richard Linklater (DAZED AND CONFUSED) thought to include. Or, at least, thought to include in the first 45 minutes, which is how long I toughed it out. I couldn't think of a single reason to continue watching, even if genre conventions held promise of (a.) a big heist (b.) a big shoot-out or (c.) both. Lemme know how it turned out.
Grade: W/O (Walked Out)