Masterminds has had a rocky road to the big screen over the last few years. Due primarily to the bankruptcy proceedings of studio Relativity Media. Originally set to be released in August 2015, Masterminds was pushed back to October 9 2015 before being shelved altogether with no release date in sight. With Relativity Media’s emergence from Chapter 11 proceedings in March, Masterminds has once again been placed on the schedule to be released on September 30 2016.
This film had the pedigree to be hilarious with Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directing, and stars Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis heading up the cast. There is some precedent to be cautiously optimistic though. Remember Envy? The 2004 film starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black about friendships torn apart by money, greed and magic turd-b-gone spray? That film, at the time, seemed to have everything going for it. Two stars in their prime, a solid director in Barry Levinson, and a ridiculous premise that would let these guys go wild as they both love to do. Yet the film was awful and the studio must have known it. Dreamworks, though not because of bankruptcy, changed the release date several times and the film even went through a title change. I hope that this doesn’t happen again with Masterminds. We only have four more months to wait before we find out. That is if they don’t change the date again.
In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.
Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.