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March 17, 2009

Campy horror comedy.

What attracted me to this movie was the blurb on the cover telling me that if I liked Shaun of the Dead I’d ‘blah, blah, blah’, Botched. I have no idea where the comparison is from other than there was blood in both movies and both movies were funny.

Botched is the story of Ritchie, a two-bit American thief who gets sent to Russia to retrieve an artifact from a penthouse suite to pay to pay off the debt he owes to a local L.A. Russian crime boss. Sounds simple enough, but in Botched, what can go wrong does go wrong and everything leads to (almost) hilarity and explains the title. There’s not a lot of plot here beyond what I mentioned above. Ritchie gets paired with a hapless duo of local talent and after successfully retrieving the artifact he and his partners, and an assorted group of office workers making their way down to the lobby, get stuck on the building’s 13th floor. Slowly the realization of their situation dawns on Ritchie and the rest of the movie involves him trying to, I guess un-botch?, everyone’s situation. The movie is bloody and not without humor and it made me laugh out loud a couple of times and I was entertained for 94 minutes which is pretty much all I could ask for. With the exception of Stephen Dorff it looks as if the rest of the cast are all from the UK so I don’t know why they set the story in Russia and made everyone speak with Russian accents? Maybe it was some kind of acting school assignment?

I’d rate this movie a 5 out of 10, entertaining but nothing special, and recommend it to anyone with a warning for cartoon violence.

© 2009 by Michael Fishman

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