MTI // 2006 // 115 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 8th, 2010
Allow me to introduce you to my friend Cash (Tom Doty). He's a real tough guy, and even grumbles like tough guys do. He's barrel-chested -- a physical characteristic of tough guys -- and lantern-jawed -- there's another one! -- and likes to carry his gigantic shotgun over his shoulder.
As if all of this wasn't tough enough, Cash is out on a revenge mission, seeking to bring the hurt to the criminals that screwed him over and got him incarcerated for ten years. Now he's out and hunting the kingpin who was responsible for his lock-up, Hector Gonzales (Jerry Lloyd), and no matter how many goons Hector throws Cash still comes, determined to end his vendetta quest in an explosion of bloody violence.
That's the basic outline of the plot and as exciting as it may sound, allow me to hamstring your anticipation level right now; Ca$h is tedious and confusing. Also, do we really need to replace the "s" with a dollar sign? Really?
I was hoping for a bit of fun with this Cash guy, a walking, grunting, shooting cartoon Alpha male character played way too serious (and, as a result, much funnier) by Doty. Whenever Cash -- er, excuse me, Ca$h is on screen the film picks up some nice momentum. The energy level increases and each successive bonehead one-liner that comes out of Cash's mouth earns the entire enterprise a few more brownie points.
Unfortunately -- and I'm almost certain you know how this song and dance routine goes -- the guy isn't onscreen much, leaving the viewer with a needlessly complex plotline about ganglords scheming and back-stabbing and talking on the phone -- a whole lot. There is an astounding number of phone conversations in Ca$h, and we all know how static shots of affordable actors reading lines into a phone are so very compelling.
That's about all there is to Ca$h. When the titular scene-chewer gets the camera on him there's fun to be had, otherwise the film is a chore. Proceed at your own risk.
A simple DVD: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, no extras.
Ca$h is broke.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 115 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated