x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Just Business

Confused, poorly acted and with the production values of a high-school media studies project, Just Business is a film with no redeeming features.

Gina Gershon, what have you done?
Gina Gershon, what have you done?


Confused, poorly acted and with the production values of a high-school media studies project, Just Business is a film with no redeeming features. In fact, even calling it a "film" is a stretch. The fact that someone, somewhere, has had the poor sense to release it to the public is far more puzzling than anything happening in this so called mystery story. From its muddled plot, a modern-day American crime thriller, based loosely on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, to acting of epically poor proportions, it is not even so bad it's good. The story focuses on the aftermath of an art heist and a wealthy collector's desperation to retrieve a painting that is of life-and-death importance to him. Slick female lawyer Marty (Gina Gershon), is forcefully enlisted to help locate the missing art works, mainly because her father is the prime suspect for the robbery. However, as full of twists and turns as Just Business tries to be, the biggest question it throws up is how an actress as talented Gershon ended up starring in it. The greatest of this movie's many failures is its total lack of a conclusion. For the viewer, this feels like watching an hour-and-a-half-long magic show, during which time the magician failed to pull off a single trick and then collapsed with a heart attack.
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