Sunday, August 26, 2007

Movie Review: "Bounce"

Well, I just finished watching this, so I should write this review while it's fresh on my mind.
"Bounce" looked so good in this trailer, I went ahead and spent $12.99 to buy it on Amazon. Believe me, I'm not disappointed. "Bounce" is a collection of interviews and nightclub scenes with high-profile Bouncers in Manhattan and London, and is a fascinating study in human nature. The documentary ranges from the hopes and dreams of young and middle-aged toughs, who would otherwise probably be mob enforcers, to the musings of legendary British doorman Lenny "The Guv'ner" McLean. The men often appear to be caricatures of themselves, larger than life bravado that hides deep scars and some pathological character flaws. For instance, Jordan Moldonado revels in the raw violence, and is filmed encouraging his infant children to fight each other. As I said, pathological. Bouncer twins Frank and Mike Demaio finish each other's sentences and operate in a "hive" mentality. No doubt these guys are tough, but they are clumsey and have trouble tossing a football. In fact, the fight and gym scenes display no specialized fighting skills, just raw power, size and intimidation. Only one man, bouncer and women's make-up artist Homer Cook is a martial artist, and his demonstration of skill was marginal at best. Two stand-outs are the British men, Lenny McLean and Alan Crosley. McLean passed away shortly after his autobiography became a bestseller in England and his appearance in a Hollywood movie. McLean is the absolute picture of the proper British doorman, polite but ready to snap and kick ass. Crosley looks like he was in the Royal Marines, and quotes the Bible and Kipling while wielding a Bowie knife.
Perhaps the most endearing character is Terence "Black Prince" Buckley. Buckley still lives with his adoring Mom, has a fifteen-year-old son, and is the success story in the movie. Many scenes follow him as he prepares for an interview with security specialist Eric Mojica and hopes to land a job with his firm.
Bounce is a raunchy look at nightclub life and the guys that make the rules. For all their flaws, most of the guys are very likeable, and refer to themselves as "people persons". I really liked the show, and intend to pass it around to my fellow Dojo Rats, it's well worth the $12.99 I paid for it!


Charles James said...

For instance, Jordan Moldonado revels in the raw violence, and is filmed encouraging his infant children to fight each other.

There was a story I just read similar to this statement. It was about a young boy who was trained brutally by his father at a very young age, similar to this, and later killed his first opponent at the age of 13.

He later left his home and took the name as his own.

Any guesses who I am talking about?

Dojo Rat said...

Not sure... the swordsman Musashi?

This guy Moldonado is the thug image in the movie, the other men (maybe except the twins) appear fairly balenced by comparison.

johnabbenda1 said...

Lenny McLean would've eaten the others alive. He was a true "hard man" and the epitome of a bouncer. I was impressed by Alan Crosley and the black fellow Prince. The two brothers and Maldonado were a farce.