It goes without saying that Aziz Ansari is one of the best young comedians working today. A star on one of the funniest shows going right now (if youíre not watching Parks and Recreation you should really start), itís only a matter of time before he begins using his hiatus time to start building an extensive film career. That starts with Ruben Fleischerís 30 Minutes or Less.
In order for a movie to be entertaining, it needs to have characters that the audience can invest in. This element is always aided by having supporting characters that can provide history and motive for everything the principal character does. In Ruben Fleischerís 30 Minutes or Less, Michael Pena and Dilshad Vadsaria play these all important roles.
Actors often say that itís more fun to play the villain, as they can act as malevolent as they want without fear of repercussion or guilt. But there are many types of villains: there are the powerful, egomaniacal bastards that can easily manipulate and torture and there are the idiots that come up with a dumb idea that might hurt some people, but will also make them rich.
In 2009 he starred in one of the most successful comedies of the year and one year later earned his first Best Actor nomination: now is a good time to be Jesse Eisenberg. Though heís been acting for more than a decade, the young actor is finally getting the recognition he deserves, and it all began with him teaming up with Ruben Fleischer in Zombieland.
Itís reasonable for any successful first time filmmaker to be concerned about a sophomore slump. With expectations raised and plenty of pressure, the second effort provides a chance to prove consistency but will undoubtedly find comparisons to the first. Director Ruben Fleischer is most certainly a candidate for this mindset.