Think Tank

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Think Tank Review


Think Tank itself tells us there's a thin line between "genius" and "stupid." You needn't look any further than this film, which seems to have gone straight to DVD, and which takes absurd plotting to an extreme, with generally pleasant, though hardly groundbreaking, results.

I hesitate to summarize the plot for fear you won't believe me, but here goes. Four childhood friends obsessed with science (in the loosest possible interpretation) remain pals into their 20s. Ultimately, they decide to use their talents to save their favorite pool hall, which is being threatened by a Vegas-style wannabe who goes by the moniker of Lord Billiards. Their big idea (which comes to one of the quartet after he is knocked unconscious and dreams of Tron) is to invent a game of "frictionless pool," which is played with competitors wearing jet packs. It's unclear how this is going to save anything, but nonetheless, there we go.

Stylistically, Think Tank is an almost-insane combination of narrative, flashbacks, asides, musical montages, and tangents which feel more like infomercial than movie. This isn't a film you sit back and watch, it's one you endure with a confused but somewhat bemused look on your face. I can't explain why there's breakdancing in the middle of the movie. I can't explain why Tina Majorino appears for most of the film with a moustache on her upper lip. But yeah, I laughed more than once. If nothing else, the dry humor (the same producers worked on Napoleon Dynamite) offers some original gags, all of which are PG-friendly.

I can't say you'll actually enjoy Think Tank (nor can I figure out if I enjoyed it), but I can say you could do worse on the rental shelf.



Think Tank

Facts and Figures

Run time: 45 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 31st March 1999

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 7.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Brian Petersen

Producer: Sean Covel,

Also starring: ,

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