Next Day Air Lost the Package...

I went out and caught Next Day Air starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, and the mighty Mos Def tonight. the good news is Mos Def is awesome in the film. the bad news is, he's only in two scenes. but i'm getting ahead of myself...

Faison's character in Next Day Air is a weeded delivery guy who can't seem to do anything right on the brink of getting fired by his mom (Debbie Allen), when he accidentally drops a huge box of drugs off with a couple thugged-out goofballs (played by comedian Mike Epps and Wood Harris from The Wire), and or course hyjinx ensues.


the movie sets out to be like Snatch (which was awesome) but comes closer to Pineapple Express (eeeeh, not so much). the story was okay i guess, and there are some funny parts, but it just wasn't enough. the gangster shit wasn't gangster enough, the touching moments weren't touching enough, and the zany weedhead moments weren't zany enough. Mos Def is swagnificent in the film, but wasn't in it enough. Mos is growing into a nice actor, but was totally underutilized. i mean, how do you get this cat on the set and only put him in two scenes? a weedhead buddy picture with Faison and Mos Def would have kicked major tail, but they didn't do one... so sad.

so anyways, if you like the trailer to Next Day Air, save yourself some money and just watch the trailer again. when people were saying it was like Snatch or Smokin' Aces, i figured they meant that it was well-shot, had quotable dialogue and memorable characters, but it didn't. I guess you can download it or catch it on Netflix if you want, but this film definitely isn't worth your gas money.
-samax

5 comments:

Arkonbey said...

I was sort of hoping that Mr. Faison could find a decent role after Scrubs. Ah, well.

Have you seen Rock and Rolla? Better than Revolver, but not as good as Snatch.

samax said...

same here. i had no illusions that this would be as good as snatch, but it didn't even come close. Faison was okay in this movie, but the movie was so badly done that he will not want it on his resume.

samax said...

OH! and i still haven't seen rock n rolla. i'm looking forwrad to catching it though. i hear dude is directing a new sherlock holmes movie w/Robert Downey as well...

Arkonbey said...

I saw the Sherlock Holmes trailer the other day. Even as a big Sir A.C.D fan, I think it will be a fun movie with nods to the Holmes hinted at in the books but not portrayed in other films.

Big Shane said...

Dog, this movie is trash. my girlfriend rented it, or I wouldn'a seen it. I knew it was gon be bad, but DAMN!
Mos and Fais should do another movie together. they were believable as friends.

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