38th Toronto International Film Festival Coverage: Day Ten
Saturday, September 14th, 2013 by Ian Evans
While awards day is tomorrow, this is the last day of red carpets and it’s hard to believe that ten days have gone by so fast. We found ourselves at Roy Thomson Hall for one last carpet, the Festival’s closing night film, Life of Crime.
Based on The Switch from Elmore Leonard, writer-director Daniel Schechter’s film stars Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes. Hawkes and yasiin bey (aka Mos Def) play a pair of ex-cons who threaten to extort a rich embezzler (Robbins) by kidnapping his wife (Aniston). The only problem is that their mark is having an affair and isn’t in too much of a rush to get his wife back. Robbins had praise for Schechter’s adaptation of the legendary Elmore Leonard’s source material saying that he was able to find the right balance of humour and darkness. It only took Schechter eight days to write the adaptation but two years for Leonard’s reps to track down the owner of the film rights for the 35-year-old novel.