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Wait:The ’30minutes or Less’ Plot Actually Happened?!


In significantly less then 30minutes I went from being excited about the new comedy “30 Minutes or Less”, to being like OMG I JUST SAW SOMEONE PRETTY MUCH BLOW UP IN REAL LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah. You can see the video here too of the 2008 Fox News Special: Final Delivery; the Pizza Driver Mystery

You can be sure the movie makers behind this highly anticipated laugh fest are freaking out that news of the real life tragedy (very similar to this movie’s plot!!) are being brought up-right now. Screenwriters have admitted to being somewhat aware of Brian Wells. On Aug 28, 2003, Wells, then 46, was an area Pennsylvania pizza delivery driver, who (now brace yourself!!) who was killed when a metal bomb collar he was forced to wear while robbing a bank exploded.

Um yea–that just happened.

Now raise your hand if you believe the notion that the writers were only “vaguely” aware of this situation. I mean come on… And isn’t it probably someone’s job to check on these things at some point during production?? Just curious.

Of course the movie is not based on the real life case, especially considering the act that Wells actually died, but the victim’s family members are none to pleased with this whole production.

The movie’s handlers acknowledge the screenwriters were “vaguely” aware of Wells, but say the movie – in which two ne’er-do-wells force a pizza driver to rob a bank while wearing a time bomb vest – isn’t based on the infamous Pennsylvania collar-bomb case, and especially Wells’ grisly, tragic death.

Wells’ sister, Jean Heid of Erie, said the movie isn’t funny – whether or not it was inspired by her brother’s sad fate.

“It’s hard for me to grasp how other human beings can take delight and pride in making such a movie and consider it a comedy,” Heid said in an e-mailed response to The Associated Press. Heid asked to respond by e-mail because she wanted to choose her words carefully. “I don’t think it’s funny to laugh at the innocent who are victimized by criminals, who care nothing for human life.”

Jerry Clark, 50, the since-retired FBI agent who led the investigation after watching the bomb kill Wells from 30 feet away, said he watched the trailer for “30 Minutes or Less” because “I was so curious myself.”

“Having been on the scene the day that it happened and watching the device detonate, linking that with a comedy, that’s sort of difficult for me to comprehend,” said Clark, who is co-writing a book on the case with Erie Times-News reporter Ed Palattella.

(source:click here)

Paul Dergarabedian, president of the Box Office Division of Hollywood.com and a movie business analyst for the AP, commented that the movie is unlikely to offend anyone unless they’re previously familiar with the case. And many aren’t. (Disregarding the fact that in the following years after the incident, several TV crime dramas thinly veiled allusions to the case, including CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and the pilot for another short-lived NBC series, “Heist” in 2006. And the case was also feature on CNN, ABC and “America’s Most Wanted.” )

When this truly unfortunate event was playing out in real time, the news team streaming the footage live of Brian Wells waiting for the bomb squad to arrive, his last words were clearly heard, before his neck bomb went off. Wow.

Try to spin that. 😦

(If I don’t think about this, the movie still totally looks hilarious though…does that make me an insensitive person?)


About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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