Chain of Fools (film)
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Chain of Fools (also known by its production title Shiny New Enemies) is a 2000 heist comedy film, directed by LA-based Swedish production collective, Traktor, starring Steve Zahn, Salma Hayek, Jeff Goldblum, and Elijah Wood.
|Chain of Fools|
|Directed by||Pontus Löwenhielm|
Patrick von Krusenstjerna
|Produced by||Charles Block|
|Written by||Bix Skahill|
Lara Flynn Boyle
David Hyde Pierce
|Music by||Mark Oliver Everett|
|Edited by||Harvey Rosenstock|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Thomas Kresk is a loser—he isn't good at his job, he's been tossed out of his home, and his wife just dumped him for the marriage counselor. Now he's depressed, and contemplating suicide. And yes, things get worse: a criminal named Avnet (Jeff Goldblum) has stolen three priceless coins, and decided to blackmail Bollingsworth (Tom Wilkinson), his billionaire partner in crime. After Kresk overhears this, he almost gets shot—and Avnet ends up impaled on a pair of barbers' scissors.
Now Kresk is in a considerably nastier situation, so he steals the gun and the coins. But things take a sharp turn when he hires a hit man named Mikey (Elijah Wood), and discovers that the hit man is only seventeen and emotionally traumatized by his parents' suicide. And that Kresk is falling for the cop/Playboy model Sgt. Meredith Kolko (Salma Hayek), and that his nephew Scottie (Devin Drewitz) has now swallowed the coins. Now Kresk is in over his head, and has to deal with the strange and sometimes dangerous people around him.
- Steve Zahn as Kresk
- Salma Hayek as Kolko
- Jeff Goldblum as Avnet
- David Cross as Andy
- Elijah Wood as Mikey
- Tom Wilkinson as Bollingsworth
- David Hyde Pierce as Mr. Kerne
- Kevin Corrigan as Paulie
- Orlando Jones as Miss Cocoa
- Lara Flynn Boyle as Karen
- John Cassini as Henchman
- Michael Rapaport as Hitman
- Craig Ferguson as Melander Stevens
- Myndy Crist as Jeannie
Chain of Fools was written by Bix Skahill and directed by an entity known as "Traktor." This is not, in fact, a single person, but a Swedish production team consisting of five directors and two producers.
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Reviews were mixed to negative. Although Chain of Fools was released theatrically in some countries, it ended up being released straight-to-video in the United States.
Variety Magazine describes the film as "uneven but shows definite signs of promise."