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Review: Josh Duhamel is superb in the riveting new film’Bandit’

Josh Duhamel (“All My Children” alum) is superb in the new film “Bandit,” which was directed by Allan Ungar and written by Kraig Wenman.

Josh Duhamel in 'Bandit'
Josh Duhamel in 'Bandit.' Photo Courtesy of Quiver Distribution, Redbox Originals
Josh Duhamel in 'Bandit.' Photo Courtesy of Quiver Distribution, Redbox Originals

Emmy award-winning actor Josh Duhamel (“All My Children” alum) is superb in the new film “Bandit,” which was directed by Allan Ungar and written by Kraig Wenman.

In “Bandit,” Duhamel portrays Gilbert Galvan Jr., a charming criminal, who escapes from an American prison and assumes a new identity (that of Robert Whiteman) in Canada. It is set in 1985.

After falling in love with Andrea (Elisha Cuthbert), a caring social worker he can’t provide for, he turns to robbing banks and discovers that he is exceptionally good at it.

Under the guise of a security analyst, “Robert” begins flying around the country robbing multiple cities in a day, eventually catching the attention of national news outlets that nickname him “The Flying Bandit.”

Addicted to the rush and money, he turns to a loan shark and gangster named Tommy Kay (played by Mel Gibson) for bigger opportunities (that help provide for his dual life).

With Robert’s notoriety growing exponentially, he is put into the direct sight of a ruthless detective Snydes (played by Nestor Carbonell) who will stop at nothing to bring him down, and rightfully so.

This movie was inspired by true events, which makes it even more appealing. It is based on the story of “The Flying Bandit.”

Duhamel delivers a raw, unflinching, and commanding performance as Gilbert, and he steals every scene he is in. His delivery is controlled and subtle, and he captures the conscience of the clever bank robber.

“Bandit” is available in theaters, on Digital, and On Demand, as of today, September 23rd. It is worth more than just a passing glance. Allan Ungar did a solid job with his direction, and the acting in this movie is memorable.

This project was completed with assistance from the Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 18,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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