Jack Ryan, no relation to the character in the Tom Clancy books, is a drifter who doesn't like to exert himself too much; he's wound up in Hawaii where the surf isn't the only spectacular sight around. When Jack gets into a fight with the foreman, Vinnie Jones, of the construction site he's working on, he gets the sack, but he's befriended by Walter Crewes, Morgan Freeman, an unorthodox local judge, who hires him to do odd jobs at his hotel. And that's when Jack becomes involved with Nancy Hayes, Sara Foster, the mistress of Ray Ritchie, Gary Sinise, one of the most powerful men on the island. Nancy has a plan to rob Ritchie, but is she genuine or is she playing Jack for a sucker?. The Big Bounce is the second film based on Elmore Leonard's first crime novel, which he wrote in 1969. Directed by George Armitage, who did such a good job a while back with Grosse Pointe Blank, the film is suffused with the Leonard mood, but it's so laid-back, so casual in its approach, that it seems to have missed its target audience. It's not so much a thriller as a tantalising romance - I was reminded of To Have And Have Not, though it's not in that league - and Owen Wilson and newcomer Sara Foster are terrific as the lovers who don't entirely trust one another. There are indications of post-production cutting on the film, because some of the characters, like ones played by Willie Nelson and Harry Dean Stanton, hardly feature. But, despite its many flaws, The Big Bounce is a very amiable entertainment, and the Hawaiian backdrops are never less than glorious.