Jericho Hudson is a street smart kid with a gift for shooting pool. He finds himself in the middle of a dangerous hustle when he's played as a pawn in a contest of wits and Nine Ball between two legendary pool hustlers, Cu... more »e Ball Carl Bridges and Tenderloin Tony, and a Vice cop, Timothy Mortensen.« less
"First of all, Freddie Prinze, Jr? That's odd. Until today I hadn't seen him in a movie that I'd enjoyed completely. Scratch that. I still haven't.
The deeper the plot got, the more confused I became. I'm not a simplton, either. I honestly don't know why half the people that died, died.
It's also harder to give a movie more than three stars on a review when a key line in the movie is, "If I'm lyin', I'm dyin'." Why not just make it, "What's up doc?" or even "That's what she said." Those are sadly more amusing.
The random sex scene was also annoying. "I just got the fool beat out of me ... again. Wanna mess around?" It didn't flow. The only thing more enjoyable than counting the times Jericho (Prinze) got the fool beat out of him were the very very few twists in the plot.
Don't buy this movie. Rent it from Blockbuster if you have a movie pass and you've already seen what else is out there."
Alot better than expected
jnh | 03/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie deserves alot more credit its face paced shot great and the music is amazing I dont understand how everyone says its not original with a typical plot if you liked pool hall junkies get this one youll like it better."
Its about the photography
Pinaki Ghosh | Austin, TX USA | 01/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"the movie plot is quite common (I mean you see many such plots) - some con artist trying to con others in a pool gallery and some intricat plot which invloves other pool players, hustlers and strong men - of coarse few cops. This is all very common but what is uncommon is the quality of photography and back ground music. Cinematography is superlative - all frames are complete - lighting is fabulous - can compare it to Sincity. Now a days in the world of computer generated movies it is difficult to find such photography. You will notice that the editing is also great and matches with the phography - some the trick shots in the pool table are great. Good entertaining movie. You can rent it."
"If I'm Lyin...I'm Dyin."
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 10/01/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After watching this I came to the conclusion that I was watching a rip-off "Poolhall Junkies" and a poorly executed one too. Freddi Prinze Jr. as your main character comes off and nothing more then a pretty face who thinks he can shoot some pool. In the final stages of the film, I wanted to cut my ears off because I couldn't stand his "broken nose" accent.
Ving Rhames was waaay below par in this film; all he does is walk around and chew on alligator feet which was quite nasty to me. He actually does nothing in the film, until the climax when he shoots some pool and a gun. Roselyn Sanchez played her role quite well, albeit her history in the story does not need to be actually in there, and finally Callum Keith Rennie does a good performance, but his character was written in what seems to be a hurried way. The whole crew was (if you can imagine the analogy) put into a blender, served up with whipped cream and a cherry on top, when you are expecting something bitter. It didn't blend at all well, the acting between the people.
The visuals within the film are great. The director did a great job for showing such a different forray of shots; the sleazy underworld, the wonderful city shots and the added bonus of Pool-Hall terms being printed and written across angled camera-shots - I liked. Freddie actually shoots some pool here, nice to see that, but it's obvious that the trick shots are done by someone else. I liked the whole switching of the shooting sides that Freddie does near the end though; I thought that was a nice addition.
This film, in it's own right, is a film that went straight-to-DVD/video and quite rightly so. No way would it have performed in the cinemas with the rest of the blockbusters of 2005. I can say that `Shooting Gallery' is one of those films that people rent when they have run out of films to watch. "
Breaks like a Mini-Jesus
Andrew Kinback | Wilmington, NC | 10/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A lot of people give this movie crap and say it gives "pool a bad name". Movies such as the "Hustler", "Color of Money", and "Poolhall Junkies" though good in their own respects have long since given pool and pool players a bad rep as macho, greedy, pigheads who play a great game but are stupid when it comes to other aspects of life. SG has made it no better or worse than the other films have.
Saying that, this is a revenge story set in a poolhall. I'm sure poker players everywhere would be spewing the same mindless battle cry "It gives us a bad name" if this movie took place over a poker table. People fail to see that and are too concerned whether or not this film gives who a bad name.
Cinematography is excellent. Acting is decent. Some nice pool action. Not the greatest pool film ever but certainly not as bad as people would like you to believe."