Our review on the documentary “Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.”
What was supposed to be a typical pizza delivery that became a bank heist. The bank heist then turned into a murder. A murder that became an unsolved mystery. An unsolved mystery… potentially solved? This is the review on the documentary called “Evil Genius” on Netflix. This will be the non-spoiler review of the four-part series.
The documentary begins by showing how the bank heist took place on August 28th, 2003. A man by the name of Brian Wells robbed a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania on that very day. Local police received word about the robbery and they closed in on the area Wells was last seen. The police placed Wells under arrest, but this time was different because Brian had a bomb secured around his neck. I thought the bomb was a fake, but it actually exploded and killed the man. So did he kill himself? Did someone set him up? What was the motive? So many questions that couldn’t be answered, until now.
Evil Genius breaks up the heist in four different parts. First, the heist where the producer gives you an overall look into the crime itself. We see who Brian Wells is, video of that day where and when the crime occurred, and what transpired after the bomb went off. Second, there is a body discovered near the crime scene which provides the local police and the FBI with a lead. Third, we get a list of potential suspects, their backgrounds, and witness testimonies regarding the crime. Lastly, confessions by those who witnessed and/or committed a crime. The brilliant investigative producer was able to link everything together into this documentary.
The four parts of the documentary run about 45 minutes long each. It is rated TV-MA so viewer discretion is advised. This documentary had me on the edge of my seat. It felt like a real life Saw film. There are so many parts to this mystery that it will certainly make you think you did it and what they were trying to do. The documentary wraps up loose ends pretty well, but there are still some questions left unanswered.
Have you seen Evil Genius? What did you think of the documentary? Are there other documentaries you would recommend? Let us know in the comments!
A comedy starring Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz. They play as Lisa, Mitchell, and Hunter, respectively, as parents. The goal? To prevent their teenage kids from having sex on prom night. Here’s our take on Blockers.
A comedy starring Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz. They play as Lisa, Mitchell, and Hunter, respectively, as parents. The goal? To prevent their teenage kids from having sex on prom night.
A connection to each of the three families is established out of the gate with the backstories of the three girls. The three girls on this journey are Julie (Kathryn Newton), Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), and Sam (Gideon Adlon). The chemistry between these three young women were great. It felt like they have been friends for years and years.
As far as the parents are concerned, Lisa was the highlighted character when it came to the story line, but Mitchell and Hunter were there for comic relief. I knew Ike Barinholtz was going to be good from his days back on Mad TV, but I had my doubts about John Cena. John Cena knocked it out of the park. He did a great job delivering his lines and was much funnier than I originally thought he was going to be. Leslie was funny, but I had more sympathy towards her and her feelings toward her daughter as the movie played out.
The movie was a great laugh overall. A small portion of the jokes/punchlines fell short, but I would highly recommend Blockers if you want to laugh. The goal behind this story has been done before, but there are a couple of parts that I didn’t see coming which was refreshing to see.
The only other issue I had was a scene where the three parents were trying to figure out where their children have gone to try to stop them from having sex. Before we could see how they escaped the predicament they were seen running down the street saying “that was close.” It would’ve been interesting to see how it all played out since the movie was one hour and 42 minutes long.
Final score: 7/10
Have you seen Blockers? What did you think of it? Did you have any issues with the film? Let me know what you thought in the comments!
Orange is the New Black season 6 is out! What did you think of the premiere episode? Here are our thoughts.
Season 6 is finally here! It has been just over a year since season 5 was released on Netflix. Season 5 came out June 9th, 2017 and season 6 was released on July 27th, 2018. This review is only for the first episode. For those of you who have not caught up yet, then at least watch the final episode of season 5, then come back. This will include spoilers.
Here is an extremely brief summary as to what happened in season 5. There was a riot, which started because Poussey was killed and justice was being sought out by Taystee, officer Piscatella sneaked into the prison in an attempt to stop the riot and help his fellow officers who were being held captive by the inmates, and there was a breach in the prison by the SWAT team before a deal could be finalized to end the riot without the use of force. The last thing we see on the finale of season 5 is Piscatella was released by Red and he ended up getting shot and killed by the SWAT team.
Season 6 begins with a fan-favorite, Suzanne AKA Crazy Eyes in a cell in what looks to be a maximum security prison. We get to see what actually goes on in the head of Crazy Eyes because she looks outside of her cell and watches her fellow inmates in their own cells. She is watching them as if they are different channels on a television. I loved seeing this side because this is the first time from what I can remember where we get dive into the mind of Suzanne. Piper was on the game show Jeopardy asking where Alex is, Dayanara was dancing with two guards, and Frieda hosted a magic show where one trick had cards flying out of her wrists. Suzanne was later escorted out of her cell and you see that Piper is simply asking where Alex is to other inmates, Dayanara was beaten by two officers, and Frieda actually slit her wrists, which she survived.
We later find out there is an investigation going on with the riot that took place in Litchfield and how two cops were killed. Sue was getting questioned and we were brought into a flashback where four officers made it look like the inmates killed Piscatella so they don’t get blamed for killing their fellow officer. The officers are a lot more corrupt than those who were in Litchfield. The officers or guards would certainly go out of their way to help each other before, but now they are framing inmates for the killing of Piscatella.
There is more corruption in the maximum security prison when we see Taystee get beaten by another officer in her own cell and two other officers made Maria Ruiz and Gloria Mendoza make out after they fought each other. The rules appear to be more relaxed on the officers/guards in the maximum prison, but it makes me wonder if there is more corruption at the top. Who runs the prison? Also, what is their story? I’m sure more is to come on this as the season progresses.
We also meet some new personalities in the prison. There is a group of three girls and one of the girls gave Dayanara a Snickers. I immediately think “don’t take it!” I’m sure we’ll get to know these three ladies later in the season, but the most interesting one for me is Badison. We are introduced to Badison when Piper talks to the established inmate to try to obtain clues on the whereabouts of Alex. Piper is thinking Alex is in medical and Badison seems to know where that is, so Badison knocks Piper over and she hits the floor losing a tooth in the process. That’s certainly one way to get to medical, but Red takes notice of this.
Badison and Red are now in the same cell and Red warns Badison to watch out. Badison appears to take it lightly and now season 6 is ready to go. I’m worried for Red’s sake because she may have met her match. Badison has home field advantage and knows how the maximum security prison works. The other inmates are separated in different cells so this may be a way to isolate the Litchfield inmates from the rest. We also only met a few new inmates.
I liked how this season started so far. I was skeptical about watching this show in a different prison, but the corruption by the officers, the new inmates, the separation of the inmates we have already met, comic relief thanks to Crazy Eyes, and finally the continued story from the killing of Piscatella all gives this season a great start.
What did you think of the first episode of the new season? What do you think will happen to the inmates we have seen so far? Which story line are you looking forward to see play out? Let us know in the comments below!