JOHNNY & CLYDE (2023)
Release Date: 05/05/23 [Cinemas / VOD]
Genre: Action. Adventure. Crime.
Studio: Defiant Screen Entertainment
"Johnny and Clyde are two serial killers who are madly in love and on an endless crime spree. They have their sights set on robbing a prosperous casino - owned by crime boss Alana and guarded by a demonic slayer that she commands."
OUR MOVIE REVIEW:
It has been a very long time since I have seen a movie that made me question the competency of the skill in front of and behind the camera, but as Johnny and Clyde makes quickly apparent in its opening fifteen minutes, the questioning is undeniably warranted. Directed by Tom DeNucci, this spin on the Bonnie and Clyde-inspired story removes everything interesting and unique about the duo and replaces it with un-impactful action, mindless violence, and unlikeable characters. This head-scratcher of a creative decision consequently dehumanizes its characters to a state of absolute mush.
While the film opens with a somewhat interesting scene between Megan Fox's Alana and Susan played by Vanessa Angel. Once this scene ends the following scene introduces us to Johnny played by Avan Jogia and is where the film abruptly falls into a downward spiral of problems. The acting by Jogia is off-putting, not because Jogia plays him as incredibly extreme and unstable, but from the script's poorly written dialogue. Tom DeNucci and Nick Principes' script is reminiscent of what a script written by AI reads like, hollow and borderline nonsensical. The paper-thin characters are not only unlikable and silly, (not in a fun way) they are painfully dull to watch which makes for an achingly exhausting 1 hour and 40-minute movie. With the film's lead characters of Johnny and Clyde being this hard to remotely invest in, the hope is that some of the movie's other characters or narrative can help make up for it. Alas, Johnny and Clyde opts to double down on its weaknesses. With no interest in its characters having any sort of dimension or likable traits, and the amateur acting by most of its cast, it comes off as careless as the creators seemed to have been while it was being conceived.
Have you ever seen a porno film that has a movie set around and within it? If you have you know that no one is watching for the story aspect; it's for the sex. Johnny and Clyde is a lot like that, except without the porn, which if you are watching such a thing it's for enjoyment, Johnny and Clyde lacks the enjoyment but delivers the porno film style acting. Even the cringe music present in porn films finds its way into Johnny and Clyde through Jason Soudahs misplaced score. The haphazard narrative throws in a last-minute random horror element that comes across as a half-written afterthought. Johnny and Clyde is a poorly written, amateurishly acted, aimlessly constructed mess of a film. Its brutally violent and chaotic actions from its vapid characters offer all the film has to offer, an uninspired mess, unworthy of your time.