aka THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH
Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Randy Quaid, Rosario Dawson, Joe Pantoliano, Jay Mohr, Luis Guzman
Director: Ron Underwood
Eddie Murphy’s back in another action/adventure comedy only this time it’s set on the Moon and in the future.
It’s 2087 to be exact and Eddie Murphy’s character Pluto Nash is an ex-smuggler, now going straight who through circumstances – he was there at the right time – has a successful nightclub on the Moon, which has now been colonized and has a vibrant nightlife. The town that Pluto’s nightclub is in ‘Little America’ is a no gambling zone, however a powerful mob boss from another moon colony, a Vegas-like town, wants to take over ‘Little America’ and wants to start with its most successful club – Pluto Nash’s establishment. Pluto won’t sell so after his club gets blown up he goes after the mob boss, which turns out to have an unexpected twist.
PLUTO NASH is a very simple classic story that’s freshened up by its location – the Moon. Visually the effects and set design work well and the storyline will satisfy an undemanding audience. The problem is that although there is some humour from Eddie Murphy his usual quickfire gags are missing and with such a basic premise you can’t help but feel unfulfilled at the end of the movie. PLUTO NASH has a lot of potential but just doesn’t really get there.