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      Modus Operandi

      Released Sep 10, 2010 1h 30m Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      63% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 56% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A Secret Service agent seeking revenge for the murder of his wife has to help the CIA retrieve two briefcases before he can find out the killer's identity. Read More Read Less

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Do you understand why I enjoyed Modus Oprandi? You don't. Millions agree with you. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 21, 2010 Full Review Diego Semerene Slant Magazine Modus Operandi does fall too in love with its muses to avoid some of its experimental-cum-normative conventions. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 13, 2010 Full Review Kyle Smith New York Post Although the film is, by design, an unwatchable mess on one level and its one joke about 8 mm filmmaking would play better as a music video or a TV commercial, there's no denying the crazed dedication to detail. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 10, 2010 Full Review Matthew Sorrento Bright Lights Film Journal "Loving the Bad: An Interview with Frankie Latina and Sasha Grey on Modus Operandi" Rated: 9/10 Nov 28, 2010 Full Review Donald J. Levit ReelTalk Movie Reviews Shoots in too many directions to develop character or story. Sep 10, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member He wasn't scared of his enemies but they were scared of him. A CIA agent is distraught after his wife is murdered. He lives in despair in his home in a depressed, disgusting state; however, one day, the CIA sends women to pick him up, straighten him out, and deliver a mission to bring down the men responsible for her death. He'll need to go covert into their operations and shoot his way out. "I've been extremely busy spending the tax payer's money." Frankie Latina, director of the upcoming Skinny Dip and Snapshot, delivers Modus Operandi in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is bland, disappointing, and focused more on nudity and trying to be a 70s grindhouse parody than being a worthwhile film. The acting was also awful and the cast includes Danny Trejo, Randy Russell, Mark Borchardt, Mark Metcalf, and Andrew Swant. "Your cunning, your whit, and your curves are needed for the United States." I grabbed this random Danny Trejo film off Netflix while in the mood for a new age grindhouse movie. Unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment and definitely felt like it was trying too hard to be like the recent Rodriguez and Tarantino pictures. Overall, I recommend skipping this. "Now you've seen it all." Grade: F Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member I was wondering when it would change to modern day, but it's grainy 8mm the whole way through. It really looks 40 years old. If it wasn't for Trejo I'd be skeptical it was made after the 80's. "A handmade, endearingly disreputable valentine to no-budget, maximum-impact cinema, Modus Operandi is seriously seedy and truly inspired." Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member low budget, jumps around, doesnt keep my attention for long.BAD acting and uncharismatic cast Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I should be the ideal target audience for this movie. It's an homage to the grindhouse era, features Danny Trejo, gratuitous nudity, and plenty of violence, and is the kind of thing that, were it not horribly grainy and hard to follow, would be awesome. But it's actually a weird mess that makes no sense and seems to have been pieced together out of a bunch of small scenes in order to make a not-especially cohesive whole. Danny Trejo is in the film for perhaps 10 minutes, and Mark Metcalf has one scene with line of dialogue. I see all the good critic reviews below this as I'm writing it, and I am wondering if they watched the same movie I did. I guess if you like grindhouse stuff, you'd like it, but it's a slog to be sure. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member The CIA hires a retired, alcoholic agent to track down two stolen briefcases in return for the name of the man who killed his wife. A fake grindhouse movie with constant nudity, torture and gore and about a 5% admixture of surrealism. Always surprising, not overly jokey, and much smarter than most of its ilk, while still delivering the exploitation goods. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Modus Operandi appears to have been made on a shoestring budget in 1974, but, in fact, it was made in 2010. The acting in this film ranges from terrible to passable (mainly in Danny Trejo's scenes). However, something about the dreamlike atmosphere kept me entertained and watching throughout. I wouldn't say it is a good film, but it definitely kept me entertained. Those that are not interested in a 70s throwback with lots of breasts and bullet holes will likely loathe this movie. Fans of grindhouse cinema and 70s exploitation flicks, however, will probably find this watchable Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Secret Service agent seeking revenge for the murder of his wife has to help the CIA retrieve two briefcases before he can find out the killer's identity.
      Director
      Frankie Latina
      Producer
      Sasha Grey
      Screenwriter
      Frankie Latina, Andrew Swant, Mark Borchardt, Ryan Plato, Randy Russell
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 10, 2010, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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