Masterminds is a 2016 American heist comedy film based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina. Directed by Jared Hess and written by Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey, the film stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis.
It premiered in Los Angeles on September 26, 2016 and is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 30, 2016, by Relativity Media.
On February 1, 2013, Jim Carrey joined the cast. On June 10, 2013, Owen Wilson joined the cast of the film. On December 3, 2013, Zach Galifianakis joined the cast to replace Carrey after he dropped out. On May 16, 2014, Kristen Wiig joined the cast of the film. On June 25, 2014, Jason Sudeikis joined the cast of the film. On June 30, 2014, Ken Marino, Kate McKinnon, Devin Ratray, Leslie Jones, Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Ross Kimball joined the cast of the film. On July 10, Jon Daly joined the cast of the film to play the FBI agent.
The title used in media coverage was “Untitled Armored Car”. Principal photography began on July 7, 2014, in Hazelwood, North Carolina in the Asheville area. On July 29, Galifianakis was spotted in prisoners’ costume, during the filming in the streets of downtown Asheville, which were transformed.The BB&T Center building, also the location of the production office, was transformed into the “Park Street Citizens Bank”, with a Loomis Fargo burgundy truck parked outside of the entrance. The crew also shot the film on the steps of Buncombe County Courthouse, inside of the Buncombe County Jail and in front of the Mediterranean Restaurant.
While those bits do yield some comicalness, the element’s giggle remainder is unobtrusive considering what number of comic substantial hitters are onscreen. Be that as it may, the long-gestating film ventures into a void of prominent comedies and could hustle up some film industry bucks for a post-chapter 11 Relativity, which has rescheduled its discharge a few times.
While most of the film barely serves any real laughs (when not being cringe worthy awkward), the only reason to recommend Masterminds would have to be cameos from Sudeikis as a psychotic hit-man and Kate McKinnon as Ghantt’s psychotic fiancé. Both are show stealers and with the inclusion of Leslie Jones as a tongue-lashing FBI agent, perhaps the only saving grace in a crime film disguised as a comedy. And speaking of disguise, this film is second to none in imagining what a wanted thief must do to evade airport security. Watch and laugh. Or weep.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 37%, based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score 47 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”