Wednesday, 16 April 2014

“The Nut Job” doesn’t crack us up

Reviewed by Nancy Snipper

Directed by Peter Lepeniotis, this animation features a group of squirrels, a mole and other furry park rodents whose chief boss is Raccoon (Liam Neeson). He is in charge of storing the nuts and calling the shots with regard to storing up big amounts for winter.
He betrays his so-called family of friends by using them to steal nuts from Maury’s nut shop, a front for greedy hoods that are planning a hoist at a bank beside their place. There are heroes and villains. Emotions and human attributes, including betrayal and lifelong loyalty, such as between Surly, - the supposed bad squirrel and his rat friend Buddy - is a prime example of the latter.

 Interestingly, in this family film, we find out that everyone has his own shell which hides the true nature of the essential character within, and sometimes it’s a hard nut to crack to discover where the good and evil lie. A Korean production, the film is too hyperkinetic to create lasting moral and mettle impact; the action gags are so many that the characters seem less important. The entertainment value is not as impressive as the great animation films we see these days coming out of American (Walt Disney) and Japanese (Gigli) studios.

(This film was viewed, compliments of Le SuperClub Videotron, 5000, rue Wellington, in Verdun,  Quebec.)
(Ce film a été visionné, avec les compliments de Le SuperClub Videotron, 5000, rue Wellington, à Verdun, Québec.)