“30 Minutes or Less” is a comedy about robbing a bank. Only thing is the comedy is limited. Jesse Eisenberg is Nick, a local pizza delivery boy who is kidnapped by Travis (Nick Swardson) and Dwayne (Danny McBride). Travis and Dwayne are a couple of idiots who need Nick’s help with an attempted robbery. They are in need of $100,000 for an assassin they have hired to kill Dwayne’s father. Dwayne is looking forward to inheriting his dad’s lotto winnings and home, and killing him seems to be the only way to share in his wealth.
After much planning the duo order a pizza and when Nick arrives they subdue him. When Nick awakes he finds a bomb strapped to him. Travis demonstrates the damage that can occur if he does not follow their orders. Dwayne tells Nick he needs to rob a bank and bring him a loot of at least $100K. They will be watching him and if he goes to the police they will be forced to detonate the bomb. Freaking out and needing help Nick turns to his good friend Chet (Aziz Ansari) as an accomplice in his robbery.
The two strategize about robbing the bank and things get a little crazy. As Nick races to complete his task he will do what it takes to survive his current predicament. “30 Minutes or Less” is a silly fun movie, but definitely aimed more towards the male crowd. Some of the bombing moments were disturbing and left me with a sour view of the movie. As a fan of Eisenberg I enjoyed his character and found McBride and Swardson’s comical chemistry superb as usual. The film seemed to move at a good pace, but was not something I would care to see again.