Do you still remember that pesky kid that caused so much trouble to the school he went to that he was expelled? Well in case you don’t try looking him up in the movie called Masterminds and you will know what I mean. This was a good comedy film about how a teenage hacker outwitted a skilled British criminal (formerly with the SAS or Special Air Service of the UK’s Special Forces) who held the entire school hostage with his goons for some money.
Patrick Stewart (Bentley), whom we all recognize as the good natured Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, is the antagonist of this film; and he proved to be an amazing actor too. The unlucky kid who seems to be trapped in a Die Hard-like kind of situation is Vincent Kartheiser and he played the character of Oswald "Ozzie" Paxton. Ozzie’s father Jake (Matt Craven) who is now married to a different woman, asked him to take his little step sister to school – Shady Glen, Ozzie wanted to pull another prank at principal Maloney (Brenda Fricker) when Bentley was just about to finish setting up his security system. But what all of them didn’t realize is that the security system that Bentley set up was to keep the cops and the good guys out while they held the school children and staff at gunpoint.
Ozzie got trapped with the other school kids but fortunately he wasn’t captured, he went into the rooms and hide and he carried a walkie-talkie to communicate with the outside world. His friend Richard played by the actor Jon Abrahams was the first person to learn about the hostage taking at their local school. He reported the incident to Ozzie’s parents and they in turn told the police. The police tried to intervene but to no avail because Bentley was more than prepared for them and so they had no choice but to negotiate with him. As the plot thickens there were events in the movie that already suggests that the whole school hostage taking thing was a diversion from what Bentley was really trying to accomplish. Had it not been for the McGyver skills of Ozzie the police and his father would not have found out that Larry Millard (Jim Byrnes) hired Bentley to setup the whole operation. The distraction was actually to let Millard gain a foothold on a hostile takeover bid that Ozzie’s father along with his other partner Miles (Bradley Whitford) are currently battling with. Ozzie was able to make out Foster (uncredited in the film) as a fraud and is also working for Millard to get them to sign the deal. Ozzie planted 12 sticks of dynamite underneath the school’s swimming pool that literally flushed all the criminals out, he saved the day the bad guys were caught and the movie had a happy ending.
But while he was dealing with Bentley and his men the comedy just keeps getting better and better. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to enjoy that good old film without any computer effects, but is still worth your time.