A lot can be said about how bad this drug tale is, but in keeping things succinct I will only raise a few problems. The most obvious accusation is that it is a poor Quentin Tarantino rip-off. The movie stylises itself on Tarantino’s material, with long drawn out dialogue scenes and a crazy non-linear narrative. None of the above is pulled off with the panache and power that Quentin exhibits in his films. ‘Catch.44’ tries to emulate but fails and is engulfed by its attempts to be innovative and clever.
The story is basic, too basic to describe without reducing the entire film to just a sentence but it has three female drug smugglers serving as the main protagonists. Each is supposed to be cocky, streetwise and dangerous but they come across as none of these. Instead, they are blips on the screen who seem more fake than real.
Why Willis and Whitaker involved themselves in this movie is a mystery but their performances are about the only good thing besides the music which features Bowie and a few other good indie acts. Don’t fear getting yourself caught in a catch 22 on whether or not to watch this film simply avoid it altogether.