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I think at one point director Wayne Kramer was supposed to be a pretty big-time director. He did “Running Scared” with Paul Walker after coming over from music videos in 2006, and followed that up with the ensemble drama “Crossing Over” in 2009. Neither of those movies really caught on, but he’s back with 2013’s “Pawn Shop Chronicles”, which despite its heavy and rather impressive looking ensemble cast, is only getting a limited theatrical showing along with a VOD release.
I can kinda see why this movie isn’t going big, though. The trailer (below) looks funny as hell, but it’s probably not the kind of movie that can make back its money in theaters, at least not in today’s market.
In this shop, these people may be pawning far more than they bargained for: Brendan Fraser (THE MUMMY), Elijah Wood (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Vincent D’Onofrio (MEN IN BLACK), Academy Award® nominee Matt Dillon (CRASH), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead), Thomas Jane (“Hung”), Lukas Haas (INCEPTION), and Paul Walker (FAST & FURIOUS), star in 3 twisted tales all connected by items from a Southern small-town pawn shop. A man searching for his kidnapped wife, a couple of white-supremacist meth heads, and a sad-sack Elvis impersonator, plus more desperate characters come to life in the action-packed and hilarious story written by Adam Minarovich and from the director of THE COOLER and RUNNING SCARED, Wayne Kramer.
Starring Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Vincent D’Onofrio, Thomas Jane, Matt Dillon, Lukas Haas, DJ Qualls, Chi McBride and Ashlee Simpson.
Opening in selected cities nationwide and on VOD on Friday, July 12, 2013.