Amish businessmen near Nickel Mines, PA, have started using video surveillance systems in order to catch burglars. But wait, aren't the Amish supposed to be against the use of electrical gadgets such as video cameras and recorders? Apparently they're willing to enter the 20th century if it means they won't get robbed so often. A report on the men, who hide their infrared cameras under gloves or among some horse harnesses (oh great, now the burglars know where to find them!), only notes that they defend the surveillance as it relates to a photographic issue -- Amish can't take pictures or video of themselves, but they can apparently photograph others.

This sounds like the setup for a great crime comedy, of which the world can always do with another. After all, what was the last, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Snatch? Both came out a decade ago. I know, it's not that easy to make slapstick burglary-gone-wrong films seem original, and really why would anyone want to try to make such a thing when there's no way it could equal, let alone top, such classics as Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Ladykillers (original), Palookaville and Take the Money and Run? But just imagine if the Coen brothers saw this story and whipped up a comedic twist on Witness. Hmm, I guess it could still be as bad as the Ladykillers remake.
categories Cinematical