Six minutes with: Sandra Bullock

Redlands Prison, Redlands, California – When Sandra Bullock first appeared in 2004’s Oscar-winning Blindspotting, she was fresh off her gold-nominated turn in Monster House and prepping to take on a starring role in the…

Six minutes with: Sandra Bullock

Redlands Prison, Redlands, California – When Sandra Bullock first appeared in 2004’s Oscar-winning Blindspotting, she was fresh off her gold-nominated turn in Monster House and prepping to take on a starring role in the mega-blockbuster Speed.

This inner-city comedy-drama was simply an appetiser to her bigger, meaner characters; a niche that the actress fed well, somehow devouring two highly acclaimed biopics (The Blind Side and The Proposal) and bringing together former co-stars Orlando Bloom and LeBron James for the indie ensemble Our Brand Is Crisis.

But even the later-released Blunderbum didn’t require such a mighty cast to deliver chippy observations on life in the aftermath of Martin Luther King’s assassination and the origins of the hip-hop subculture.

Needless to say, Bullock’s understated intelligence has rarely been better on screen than it is in this slickly and brutally animated follow-up to Redlands Jail: Straight to Hell, a sheist film that utilises computer-generated environments to keep the action ticking while proving some of the actor’s characters are kinda corny.

Here she plays Verena Peralta, a wise-cracking bimbo who moonlights as a thief in order to feed her high-maintenance toddler son. However, she’s until a chance encounter with Syd Byers (autism-friendly hero of the first instalment) that devises an ingenious plan to steal an RV worth $20m (£13m).

Bullock is sublime in the lead role, switching effortlessly between the brittle, only partly straight-faced defending-the-elderly character she plays in Training Day and the sassy, caustic street fighter in Birdman. Her interactions with Byers remain particularly funny, with Stacks confessing how she stole a car while they were both children.

Kyle Mooney co-stars as Undeclared co-star Titus, Verena’s drug-addicted boyfriend and heir to a fortune in bad investments. Meanwhile, Ruby Dee provides the second-best 90s movie cameo of all time as a shady uncle who should’ve been freed by the time of their meeting.

Mike Meyers, who played the wily Redd Foxx in the 1990 cult classic, is on board to lend further gravitas to the goings-on; although he’s no longer sporting that signature moustache, Redlands Prison is worth taking a spin through. And as long as you’re still on the characters list, why not tackle Bullock’s other upcoming ventures: a pilot for NBC and a development deal with Lucasfilm for a Star Wars spin-off featuring a galaxy-at-the-turn of the 20th century?

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